Darshana to Meherpur
SMEC has operated in Bangladesh since the 1960s and has since established a strong reputation in the design and delivery of complex infrastructure projects. Project Director, Md Ariful Islam said,
“Our engineering team has developed a cost-effective design solution whilst overcoming the unique engineering challenges posed by the rivers and natural conditions affecting the rail alignment. To achieve consensus on the alignment, the SMEC/ACE team has led extensive consultation with a myriad of stakeholders, preparing a design that celebrates the historical significance of the site.”
Above: Views of Mujibnaga Station
During the concept and detailed design process, SMEC coordinated input from all key stakeholders including local political leaders, utility providers and community groups. Detailed consultations and workshops were held to clearly communicate the design intent and thinking behind each alignment option. As part of the detailed design the team has altered station locations to optimise the height of the river embankment, which will result in significantly reduce construction costs.
The design of the stations was also a key consideration for the team, reflecting the importance of Mujibnagar in the history of Bangladesh. Connecting these districts is culturally significant because this is where Bangladesh’s first government declared independence and took oath in April 1971. Stations have been designed to reflect local culture whilst incorporating locally available materials. Six stations are proposed including Darshana, Bastobpur, Kanaidanga, Mujibnagar, Monakhali, and Meherpur.
Client: Bangladesh Railway
Location: Darshana to Meherpur
Delivery Partners: ACE consultants, Bangladesh
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.