Our highest priorities are the safety and wellbeing of our employees, clients and communities. As such, we are providing the below update about our response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
In all our global locations, we are focused on complying with local government directions and ensuring our employees are as safe as possible.
SMEC is a global firm, and our Business Continuity Plans have already been activated to ensure that we can minimise business disruption as far as possible.
We are conducting ongoing and real time reviews to determine if additional measures are needed and are communicating with our employees and clients on a regular basis.
We are fortunate that we have already had remote working arrangements and technology in place to support global connection and communication for some time now. This means we are well equipped to deal with remote management of projects and continue to support our clients and partners.
Supporting our people
In response to COVID-19 we have implemented the following actions:
This is a challenging time as we respond to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it.
We are committed to working closely together with a shared focus on the health and safety of our employees, partners and communities around the world.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.