Reflecting on SMEC’s history of delivering nation-building infrastructure, James discussed a few of his favourite projects, built to impact and improve everyday lives.
“There’s the NorthConnex tunnel, the longest and deepest to be built in Sydney; the Snowy 2.0, built to provide renewable energy for future generations; Hells Gates Dam, which will help improve water supply and manage floods; Adelaide’s desalination plant, delivering up to 100 billion litres of water every year; and the Yarranlea Solar farm about 50 kilometres west of Toowoomba that’s busily powering up to 32,000 homes,” says James.
Addressing the challenges of 2020, James considers the ability and resilience of SMEC’s employees to be some of our greatest strengths – a spirit which not only enabled us to effectively manage our way through 2020 but also drives our delivery of innovative and sustainable solutions.
“Our business is founded on sustainability, and we are committed to continuing to deliver sustainable solutions that help to connect, move and power people and communities,” says James. “I spend a lot of time encouraging our people to do things differently, capture those differences and then develop them into our design practices. What we do makes a real difference and creates an enormous footprint that will last for future generations.”
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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.