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about 1 year ago
Colas Rail
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Rail
Category: Surveying Jobs

To carry out surveys from start to finish supporting the Operations Manager - Survey & Geotechnical whilst leading Surveyors in the execution of all topographical and railway surveys.


Safety - Actively demonstrate support for the implementation of the Colas Rail Limited Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) strategy, associated actions and resulting initiatives.

Profitability - Provide cost effective support to the Engineering department by conducting surveys in the most efficient and timely manner.

Quality - Provide accurate survey results conforming to best practice and industry standards.

Respect - Treat people in a fair and consistent way. Consistently strive to understand client's needs and requirement.


Support the Project Manager - Surveying as directed in the undertaking of complex site surveys

Be able to determine the most appropriate manner of survey in the planning and execution of surveys

Complete and deliver land, overhead line, railway and gauging surveys

Establish calibration and maintenance regimes for all survey equipment

Establish survey monitoring regimes

Carry out setting out activity in accordance with design drawings and scheme plans

Lead and coach Engineering Surveyors in all site surveys


Contact with Colas Rail UK Directors, Managers and Staff at all levels.

Frequent contact and interaction with operating staff


Technical Skills

Be Member of RICS / ICES or working towards Chartered Status

Competent in the selection of the appropriate survey equipment and the operation and instruction of the following -

Total Station

Platform gauge

Laser Sweep


Heights and staggers gauge


Automatic and digital levels

Laser Scanner

Track Measuring Device

Have a good understanding of LiDAR and its suitability

Competent in the use of at least two or more of the following survey and complementary software packages with a good understanding in the operation of all others including -

Terramodel / LSS / Liscad / SCC / N4CE

Trimble Business Software / Leica GEO Office

AutoCAD / Microstation

Bentley Railtrack / MX Rail

Be able to understand and translate RICS and Network Rail surveying standards into site practice

Be competent to a level to enable the education of Surveyors in the following survey techniques -


Topographical and detailed surveying




GPS / GNSS operation

Hold Sentinel competencies including -



Hold additional competencies including -

First aid



Possess the ability to maximise personal contribution to the business - customer focus

Ability to analyse problems thoroughly and make good timely decisions - analysis and decision-making.

Ability to build and maintain positive relationships within and across teams - team working.

Create and contribute to an environment whereby yourself and others are motivated to learn and develop - developing self and others

Commitment to achieve results through determination and commitment, ability to keep going when things are difficult - drive.


Comply with legislation and industry standards i.e. Rule Book.

Comply with Colas Rail rules, procedures and working practices.

Undertake all work in a safe manner.

Report all accidents, and incidents with the potential to cause injury or property damage.

Where necessary provide advice and support to inexperienced colleagues.

Remember: If it's not safe to do don't do it.

Behavioural Skills

Energy - Get up and go attitude of a leader

Energise - Lead, manage and inspire my team

Edge - Maximise my personal edge

Execute - Make things happen

Engage - Stay close to the client

Colas Rail in the United Kingdom values and encourages diversity in our workforce, regardless of background, disability or gender. As part of our aim to deliver quality services, we are committed to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination.

Recruitment agencies

Colas Rail currently works with a number of approved recruitment suppliers. We will therefore not consider CVs or speculative proposals from any other agencies. Recruitment agencies not currently approved as preferred suppliers are kindly requested not to submit speculative CVs to any part of Colas Rail.

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