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Rail Track Design Workshop  

Rail Track Design Workshop

Grow your knowledge & appreciation of the performance of rail track systems, how they are engineered for functionality, capacity, safety & reliability by examining rail engineering principles, data, techniques & best practices

15-16 October 2015 | Perth

7-8 October 2015 | Sydney

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Key Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the principles, data and techniques applied to rail track design
  • Discover how today’s track systems are engineered and designed for functionality, capacity, safety, reliability, and competitiveness
  • Gain a working knowledge of the performance of railway track systems in response to loadings
  • Understand the critical relationships between track and rolling stock
  • Gain insight into the implications of terminal design on efficient railway operations
  • Learn to optimise the long-term benefit and economy from resources expended
  • Gain insight into best practices through an examination of various track designs

About the Course

This course will examine the design and layout of rail track, including horizontal and vertical alignment, cross section, turnouts and crossings, component selection, earthwork, drainage, and clearances.

The design approaches highlight applicable Australian standards and general industry practices.

The participant will learn how traffic characteristics and operational requirements affect design. The coverage distinguishes between high-speed, conventional, rapid transit, and light-rail systems.

The course includes exercises to provide experience with typical design procedures. On completion, the participant may take credit for 16 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours with their industry association (for example the Institute of Engineers Australia)

An engineering or engineering technology background is preferred.

Who Should Attend

Course Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisite: Engineering or engineering technology background

  • Rail track engineers, designers and consultants
  • Railway engineers, track supervisors
  • Engineers, safety and maintenance managers working in rail
  • Government policy makers, transportation and planning agencies
  • Industry sectors who own/operate/use track on-site
  • Rail industry contractors and project managers


A CPD Course
Use this course to help fulfil your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) educational requirements to retain your professional/chartered status. Contact your relevant association to learn how

Leon Clark

Click here to read the Interview with Course Director Leon Clark "Need for Knowledge & Skills Growth in the Area of Rail Signalling"



Key Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a working knowledge of fundamentals for railway train control and signalling systems for freight, intercity passenger and urban light rail transit operations
  • Learn how many of today’s train control and signalling systems are designed and operated to increase railway capacity, reliability, safety and competitiveness
  • Explore the merits of the different types of signalling and control systems
  • Hear the latest information about the methods and technologies being used in current rail signalling practice
  • Review the applicable rules, regulations, standards and specifications that govern the design and maintenance of various signalling systems

About the Course

This course provides participants with a sound basis in the theoretical and practical requirements in signalling and control systems in the rail environment.

The course begins with a critical historical exploration of signalling and control system so that participants grasp the underpinning lessons for change in system design (along with technology changes). These lessons are reflected in the remaining content.

The course then goes on to explore in increasing depth, the function, operation and design requirements of these two critical rail systems.

Covered throughout the course are the key concepts, terminology and types of signalling and control systems, along with plenty of discussions and activities to gain a firm understanding.

The course rounds out with an overview of the various design requirements, the key performance requirements and the nature of the tools and systems that guide contemporary system design.

Who Should Attend

Those who interface with train control and signalling systems whose improved understanding of how they are designed and operated and the critical safety issues governing their design will improve project outcomes.

Job areas include engineering disciplines (eg civil, structural, mechanical, project, design), operations management, maintenance, safety, track management, project management, graduates, technical sales, contractors, state and federal government, inspectors/technicians, public works professionals and signal engineers new to the field.


A CPD Course
Use this course to help fulfil your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) educational requirements to retain your professional/chartered status. Contact your relevant association to learn how


"The course provided the history and development of the fundamentals that also gave reasons behind the rules in place. Leon kept a steady pace and endeavoured to cover information from a variety of needs"
Human Factors & Safety Information Manager,
Office of Rail Safety

"I enjoyed learning about the control system elements and about control tables. It has given me a good base understanding of rail signalling and control fundamentals. The course was informative with good pace of lectures and a mix of exercises with the presentation"
Senior Systems Engineer,
Nova Systems


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