Railway Construction Management

Railway Construction Management

February 20-21, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

Railway construction requires specialized expertise and efficient management for successful results within budget, schedule, safety, and quality. However, the lack of technical knowledge and skills often leads to project delays, cost overruns, safety issues, and compromised quality. The EUCI Railway Construction Management course will equip participants to effectively navigate and oversee railway construction projects by providing an overview of typical railway infrastructure, the basics of construction management, and cover the entire project lifecycle, from initial planning to final closeout. 

Throughout the course, attendees will acquire the necessary knowledge and tools to drive successful railway design construction projects by achieving:

  • Timely completion of projects
  • Effective cost control strategies
  • Delivery of superior-quality outcomes
  • Ensuring projects are executed with the highest regard for safety

Participants will gain invaluable insights and practical skills to confidently manage complex railway construction endeavors, ensuring smooth operations, optimized resources, and overall project success.

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct feasibility studies, order-of-magnitude design, and construction estimates to determine the viability and scope of a railway construction project
  • Determine the optimal project delivery method (such as DBB, DB, PDB, P3) based on project requirements, owner’s abilities, and constraints
  • Collaborate effectively with design consultants, end-users, and stakeholders to establish buy-in on design scope, codes and standards, and acceptance criteria
  • Apply best practices in track and station outage planning, including service planning, simulations, crew and equipment management, and public impact mitigation strategies
  • Review project planning in the realms of utilities, environmental reviews, real-estate acquisitions, and more
  • Effectively manage procurements of contractors / design-builders using industry best-practices


Tuesday, February 20, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Basics of Railway Infrastructure

  • Track
  • Structures (including bridges, tunnels, viaducts, drainage, etc.)
  • Signal systems
  • Power systems
  • Communications
  • Stations
  • Yards and maintenance facilities
  • Rolling stock (not covered in this course)

Fundamental Concepts of Project and Construction Management

  • Role of the Construction Manager as the Owner’s Agent and Representative
  • The 5 pillars of construction management: scope, schedule, budget, safety, and quality
  • Overview of project phases
  • Construction Manager’s responsibilities in each project phase

Railway Project Planning Phase

  • Collaboration with railroad end-user departments to identify project needs
  • State-of-Good-Repair and system expansion projects
  • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) principles
  • Selection of appropriate technologies for power, signal and train control, communications, security, and safety, etc.
  • Feasibility studies
  • Order-of-magnitude design and construction estimates (plus schedules)
  • Project delivery methods (Design-Bid-Build [DBB] / Invitation-to-bid [IFB], Design-Build [DB], Progressive Design Build [PDB], Public-Private Partnership [P3])
  • Obtaining stakeholder buy-in on design scope, applicable codes and standards, and acceptance criteria
  • Relevant codes and standards (e.g., AREMA, FRA, agency-specific guidelines, engineering standards), recognizing that local building codes may not cover rail-related items
  • Required useful life of the infrastructure
  • Selecting the appropriate design consultant
  • Defining the involvement of consultant Project Managers and Construction Managers throughout the project duration

Lunch Break

Railway Project Design Phase

  • Oversight of design progress (schedule), quality, and overall buy-in at each deliverable
  • Design deliverables based on delivery type:
    • 30% / 60% / 90% / 100% / Final design for DBB
    • 30% for DB
    • 0% – 15% for PDB
  • Early coordination and buy-in for each design level from end-users
  • Track and station outage planning
    • Service planning and rail service scheduling
    • Simulations
    • Crew and equipment manipulations
    • Public impacts
  • Flagging and Force Account and Engineering in-house labor planning
    • Establish a clear division-of-labor between Contractor and Force Account
    • Ensuring proper labor levels are available or will be available (via hiring) by the time project starts
  • Environmental reviews
    • Recognition of historical rail property contaminated and hazardous items
  • Utilities
  • Government and community relations
  • Real estate acquisitions
  • State and federal grants
  • State and local permits
  • Designing for future traffic levels (power, signal, track, and station capacity)
  • Constructability reviews
  • Risk evaluations
  • Design over-the-shoulder reviews with rail end-users
  • Development of construction contract and terms & conditions with General Counsel
  • Considerations for Buy America requirements based on funding source

Railway Project Procurement Phase

  • IFB (invitation for bid) vs. RFP (request for proposal)
    • Low Bid vs. Best Value
    • RFQ (request for qualifications) /RFP vs. RFP
  • Qualifications requirements
  • Bidders interest campaign
  • Pre-proposal conference
  • Q&A and addenda
  • RFP and proposal type procurements:
    • Review, comment, score technical proposals
    • Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs)
    • Involvement of end-users in RFP technical evaluation committee
    • Incentives for contractors lessening track and station outage occurrences, reduction in schedule, ATCs
    • Disincentives and liquidated damages for late return of track or schedule delay
  • Selection of a Contractor and/or Design Builder


Wednesday, February 21, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Railway Project Construction Phase

  • Back to the basics: scope, schedule, budget, safety, and quality
  • Track and station outage coordination
    • Enacting pre-established service plans
    • Public outreach
  • In-house labor (Flagging and Force Account) provisions and productivity tracking
  • Reconciliation of billed vs. actual railroad in-house labor
    • Assessment of underutilization of railroad resources
  • Proper use of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in rail projects
  • Community and government relations
  • Permit compliance:
    • Environmental
    • Transportation
    • Utilities
  • Progress meetings and inspections with end-users
  • Planning for testing, commissioning, and handover
  • Contract administration and document control
  • Substantial completion:
    • Punch list
    • Testing and commissioning
    • Acceptance
    • Turnover

Railway Project Closeout Phase

  • Staff training
  • O&M manuals
  • Warrantee documentation
  • Spare parts (collecting parts and/or establishing sources)
  • Financial closeout


Jesse Heimowitz, CCM – Vice President of Rail Transit, Tectonic Engineering

Jesse Heimowitz is a career-long rail industry professional, where he’s specialized in providing program, project, and construction management on high-value railway design & construction projects, primarily in the passenger rail field as an owners-representative. He is currently the Vice President of Rail Transit at Tectonic Engineering Consultants, where his focus is on providing world-class Project and Program Management services, and commuter rail engineering / operations subject-matter-expertise, for rail owners throughout the NY, NJ, CT, and PA regions. Prior to his current role at Tectonic, Mr. Heimowitz was the Director of Project Delivery for MTA Construction & Development’s Long Island Rail Road Business Unit, where he oversaw various in-house project management teams and design & construction projects involving structures, stations, track, power, signal, communications, yards, maintenance facilities, and other rail engineering disciplines.

Jesse is a proud recipient of a Mass Transit Magazine “40 Under 40” award, a Progressive Railroading “Rising Star” award, as well as several American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) “Project of the Year” awards over the course of his career. He is also a member of the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Technical Committee 11 – Commuter & Intercity Rail Systems, and Technical Committee 12 – Rail Transit, in addition to volunteering his time as a certified Lead Trainer for CMAA’s Professional Construction Management course (administered nationally to professionals looking to prepare for their Certified Construction Manager Exam, as well as those looking to hone their construction management skill sets). Mr. Heimowitz is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a graduate of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, and is an active member of several professional development organizations including CMAA, ACEC, and AREMA.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Railway Construction Management

February 20-21, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 19, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must be logged on and in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations, open discussion, examples and explanation will be used

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

The EUCI Railway Construction Management course is suitable for design and construction professionals currently working on a rail project for the first time, or for those who will be (or desire to be) working on rail projects, for rail clients including but not limited to high-speed rail, commuter rail, intercity and regional rail, light rail/transit systems, and freight rail. Industry-typical positions in this realm include:

  • Project Managers
  • Construction Managers
  • Resident Engineers
  • Engineers (Civil, Structural, Electrical, etc.)
  • Construction Consultants
  • Procurement Managers
  • Design Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Government Officials
  • Construction Inspectors
  • Contractors (i.e. Superintendents, Foreman, etc.)