As an island, approximately 99% of all freight imports and exports in Tasmania is via shipping and port infrastructure. This highlights the vital role TasPorts plays in the growth and economic prosperity of Australia’s most southern state.
Through the engineering advisory services panel, TasPorts will be able to utilise our experienced cross-disciplinary specialists to support its decisions relating to operations, future developments and potential business opportunities. “We are excited to commence work with TasPorts, supporting the anticipated growth in Tasmanian freight and implementation of the Port Master Plans,” stated Gary Bendell SMEC National Manager – Ports and Maritime.
In partnership with our sub-consultant, P&M Consultants Pty Ltd, SMEC will facilitate a strong team of professionals with technical experience to provide feasible, efficient and effective engineering advisory services.
SMEC’s Principal Consultant for Freight and Logistics, Christopher Ong outlines our role, “We were chosen to deliver long-term, sustainable outcomes for TasPorts and to bring excellent technical and project management skills, alongside robust understandings of state and local government processes. Our team has a strong commitment to engage with internal and external clients and possess local knowledge and a strong understanding of the key challenges in the Port, Logistics and Freight industry.”
Our experience extends to all aspects of port planning, design and civil works, including pavement, access roads, drainage, erosion control, fuel storage and handling facilities, water supply and wastewater treatment, HV and LV power distribution and general infrastructure. The panel appointment includes specialists across maritime & coastal engineering, asset management, civil engineering, water resources engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, traffic engineering and geotechnical services.
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.