Northeast of Port Moresby
SMEC has been working on the project on intermittent basis since 2013 when the team commenced several engineering studies which included:
The services were provided by SMEC engineers based in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Sydney and Port Moresby. SMEC has recommended several design improvements during the due diligence study that resolved the type of dam and spillway to be constructed. The proposed rockfill dam will proceed with a geomembrane face in place of a steel plate. The team also identified a surface spillway solution instead of a tunnel spillway, resulting in significant improvement in the design function and reduction of the project cost.
Reflecting the strong collaborative relationship with the client, the team recently secured additional services to deliver a desktop study for the Edevu water supply scheme. SMEC will develop concepts to inform water treatment, water transmission and associated infrastructure, which will enable the facility to supply safe drinking water to Port Moresby. The outcome of the desktop study will be crucial for the next stage of the feasibility study.
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.