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Chairman’s Message


CEO’s Message


About SMEC 8 Corporate Social Responsibility 10 Global Network 12 Chief Technical Principals


Australia & New Zealand 16 Asia Pacific 20 South Asia & Middle East 24 Africa 28 Mining, Oil & Gas 32 Transport 36 Water 38 Environment 40 Hydropower & Energy 42 Geotechnics & Tunnels 44 Urban Development 46 Social Development 48 Government & Advisory Services 50

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Chairman’s Message

The business has grown substantially in the 2012-2013

SMEC’s Mining, Oil & Gas Division was adversely affected

financial year, with the addition of Vela VKE. The SMEC

by the slowdown in mining spend in Australia, North and

Group now employees more than 5,000 people across its

South America, contributing profit (before income tax) of

operations in Australia, Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, the

A$3.5M for its first full financial year. To better position the

Middle East, North and South America.

Mining, Oil & Gas Division for the year ahead, the Board has

Despite this growth, the 2012-2013 financial year has been challenging. The operating environment for both public infrastructure and mining services deteriorated in Australia,

These changes combined with stabilised resource prices, has made the Board confident that the Mining, Oil & Gas Division

whilst SMEC’s international operations had to contend with a

will improve in the year ahead.

high Australian Dollar (exchange rate) for most of the year.

SMEC’s three International Divisions collectively improved

Fee revenue for the 2012-2013 financial year increased by

their profitability (before income tax) by 72.5%, from A$7.6M

10% from A$317M, to A$348.8M. SMEC’s International

to A$13M. This was a solid result in an environment where

Divisions (Africa, Asia Pacific, and South Asia and Middle

the Australian Dollar remained strong, putting significant

East) contributed 44.6% (A$155.5M) to total fee revenue. Vela

pressure on margins. The best performing operations were

VKE (SMEC South Africa) greatly contributed to this result.

SMEC’s Africa Division, as well as the Pacific Region and the

SMEC’s Australia and New Zealand Division contributed

South Asia 2 Region.

43.1% (A$150.3M), whilst the new Mining, Oil & Gas Division contributed 12.3% (A$43M) to total fee revenue.


recommended a series of structural changes to GMC Global.

This was the first full year of operations for SMEC’s international business since consolidating the Company’s

Profit before tax overall was disappointing, decreasing by

international divisions to three, as part of SMEC’s Localisation

17.2% from A$30.4M to A$25.2M. Impacted by the slowdown

Strategy. Focused on localising, diversifying and expanding

in infrastructure spending across all states in Australia,

international operations, the Localisation Strategy is already

SMEC’s Australia and New Zealand Division’s profitability

having a direct benefit on the international business.

(before income tax) decreased from A$21.9M to A$8.7M.

Developing local people is a key differentiator for SMEC.

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Peter Busbridge

Ross Hitt

Alastair McKendrick


Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Director & Group Finance Director

Roger Bayliss

Kate Spargo

Max Findlay

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director

THE SMEC BOARD SMEC’s new company tagline, ‘Local People.

15 November 2012, Bob retired from the SMEC Holdings

Global Experience.’ exemplifies how SMEC operates.

Board after serving for 16 years. Bob served the Company

SMEC management have worked through a tough operating environment this financial year, examining the business and making the necessary changes to reshape the Company to

as an independent Non-Executive Director and provided great leadership to the Board as the Chairman of the Board (2001 to 2009) and the Chair of the Audit Committee (1996 to 2013).

meet the changing environment. The Board is now confident

In November 2012, SMEC launched The Spirit of SMEC at

that SMEC is well placed for growth in the 2013-2014

Parliament House, in Canberra, Australia. The Spirit of SMEC

financial year and beyond.

explores the life and times of the people who have made

The recent fall in the Australian Dollar has provided some relief as SMEC re-prices its offshore earnings and assets. If it remains below parity or moves lower than current levels, SMEC will continue to see improvements in the financial performance of international projects and competitiveness in

SMEC what it is today. It is a book that portrays SMEC’s multicultural heritage and the pioneering spirit of SMEC’s people, it also tells the story of SMEC’s successful transition from a government body to a privatised company. The Spirit of SMEC is proudly dedicated to Doug Price

the international market will also improve.

(Managing Director 1975 to 1989) who is regarded as the

The slowdown in infrastructure spending across all states

present him with the book he helped create. This very special

in Australia is likely to improve with the federal election

book is available for sale via the SMEC website.

Father of SMEC. Ross Hitt (CEO) and I visited Doug to

now finalised. We anticipate that the new Government will renew and expand Australia’s infrastructure. SMEC is well positioned to be a key player in delivering major infrastructure developments in Australia.

Peter Busbridge

On behalf of the Board, I would like to formally acknowledge


the retirement of a great Director, Bob Scott. Effective

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CEO’s Message

I am pleased to note that SMEC improved its ranking in Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 2013 design lists. SMEC is ranked at number 57 in the ‘Top 225 International Design Firms’ list, and number 74 in the ‘Top 150 Global Design Firms’ list. It is very pleasing that SMEC is maintaining its strong position within the global consulting market in such a challenging operating environment. SMEC had a great year winning industry awards across diverse sectors. SMEC’s Water Group won two Global Water Awards; Victoria Desalination Plant won the Desalination Plant of the Year Award, and Sydney Desalination Plant won the Desalination Deal of the Year Award. The Condamine Alliance also won multiple awards; the United Nations Association of Australia’s World Environment Day Biodiversity Award, the International RiverFoundation Award, and the Banksia Environmental Foundation Award. Urban Development projects won key awards across Australia; Linking Canberra City to the Lake won the Planning Institute of Australia’s award for Policies, Programs, and Concepts (Large Scale), Cardinia Lakes won the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (Victoria) Residential Development Award (>250 lots); and Breezes Muirhead won the Planning Institute of Australia’s Award (Northern Territory) for Best Planning Idea (Small Ideas).


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Also making awards headlines was SMEC’s Transport Group. SMEC’s Gateway Upgrade Project was awarded Engineers Australia’s (Queensland) Engineering Excellence Award (A$50M+), and the prestigious R.W. Hawken Award. SMEC’s Ballina Bypass Alliance won the Alliancing Association of Australia’s Alliance Team of Excellence Award, and the Civil Contractors Federation’s Earth Award (New South Wales, A$75M+). SMEC’s winning streak did not stop with projects, Jared Cooke (Highways Manager, based in Brisbane) won Consult Australia’s Future Leader Award. On behalf of SMEC, I congratulate Jared for winning such a prestigious award. Jared joined SMEC in 2000 and is an outstanding engineer. SMEC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program is making progress through the increased activity of the SMEC Foundation. In the 2012-2013 financial year the SMEC Foundation donated more than $170,000 to 28 projects around the world. The SMEC Foundation’s response to the April 2013 building collapse in Dhaka was great, raising over A$20,000. All funds went directly to people who were injured, or to the relatives of people that lost their lives. We further implemented SMEC’s Localisation Strategy and established three stand-alone International Divisions; Africa, Asia

Ross Hitt

Alastair McKendrick

Neil Evans

Angus Macpherson

Director Strategy & New Business

Director Corporate Affairs

Manoli Loukas

Hari Poologasundram

Andy Goodwin

Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific

Chief Operating Officer Australia & New Zealand

Chief Operating Officer South Asia & Middle East

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Director & Group Finance Director

Tom Marshall Chief Operating Officer Africa

THE SMEC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Pacific and South Asia and Middle East. Each Division has full resource ownership, and a Chief Operating Officer who reports to the CEO. These changes were effective from 1 July 2012. Strengthening our technical capabilities is another priority. This year we strengthened the positions of key technical experts, referred to as Chief Technical Principals (CTPs). SMEC has 26 CTPs across the Company who are industry leaders, responsible for providing high-level technical advice. Four of SMEC’s CTPs have come from the recent addition of the new SMEC South Africa (Vela VKE). Vela VKE joined SMEC in July 2012. The Company’s performance is going very well. South Africa achieved its targets, despite the depreciation of the Rand by 15%. The ongoing integration is going well, and I am very pleased with the fit within SMEC’s overall business. The Africa Division presents huge potential for SMEC. As part of strengthening our technical capabilities, we continued to invest in the business particularly in our newly established Mining, Oil and Gas Division. In June 2013, we established GMC Africa to capitalise on the emerging opportunities in Africa’s mining industry. Based in Johannesburg, GMC Africa will provide specialist advisory services in the areas of maintenance, supply chain and asset management.

GMC has been adversely impacted by the mining downturn. In response, a new business strategy for GMC was developed and will involve working more collaboratively with SMEC. Other changes include establishing Australia/Asia and International as separate divisions, each with their own Chief Operating Officer. These changes are already having a positive impact. We have also made recent changes to our oil and gas business in Pakistan, whereby CEIS has formally changed its name to SMEC Oil & Gas (Pvt.) Ltd. Delivering detailed engineering services to Greenfield and Brownfield oil and gas production projects, there is a lot of scope to grow the business. The Chairman has already covered the financial aspects of the 2012-2013 financial year, so I will not repeat them. What I will say is that the 2013-2014 year will be much better for SMEC. We have spent a lot of time planning our approach and have the right people in the right roles to target new opportunities that are emerging in the global market.

Ross Hitt Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer SMEC Holdings Limited

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About SMEC

A$460M Total Revenue

5,100+ People

70+ Offices


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SMEC is recognised around the world for providing high-quality, practical solutions for social and physical infrastructure projects. SMEC aligns technical expertise with local knowledge to address the needs of its diverse client base. A multi-disciplinary Company, SMEC provides consultancy services for the lifecycle of a project across a range of technical disciplines, from transport to hydropower and energy, water and environment, urban and social development, mining, oil and gas. With a network of over 70 offices across Australia, Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North and South America, SMEC employs over 5,000 dedicated people who work hard to deliver great outcomes for our valued clients. Yet again, SMEC improved its ranking amongst the world’s top engineering design firms. In Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine’s 2013 design lists, SMEC ranked at number 57 in the ‘Top 225 International Design Firms’ list and number 74 in the ‘Top 150 Global Design Firms’ list.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

A$170K Donated by the SMEC Foundation in 2012-2013

32% New Employees that are Female

10% Paper and Electricity Reduction Target


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SMEC made good progress with CSR, improving in each of its three key focus areas; People, Community, and Sustainability and Environment. SMEC’s gender balance improved, with females accounting for nearly one third (32%*) of new starters in Australia, a good result which SMEC is committed to further improving. New leave provisions were introduced, including Australian Defence Force leave and the ability to purchase additional annual leave; paternity leave was improved. Succession Planning was another focus area with formal plans completed for two levels below the Chief Executive Officer. Communities continued to receive support through SMEC’s localisation model, which invests in the development of local people. The SMEC Foundation also provided support to communities, donating over A$170,000 to 28 projects in 12 countries. The majority of donations were provided to health projects (37%) and education projects (34%). Improving environmental outcomes was another focus area, whereby SMEC collected baseline data on paper and electricity usage, over a 12 month period (Australia only). Within this period, SMEC consumed 7,000 reams of paper and over 2.4 million kWh of electricity. To improve, SMEC has set a reduction target of 10% for paper and electricity usage and has joined CitySwitch (an energy efficiency program). * As at 1 January 2013.

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Global Network




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Mining, Oil & Gas


Total revenue A$45M 9 offices 190+ people

Total revenue A$95M 26 offices 1,320+ people





South Asia & Middle East

Asia Pacific

Australia & New Zealand

Total revenue A$75M 16 offices 1,940+ people

Total revenue A$75M 9 offices 590+ people

Total revenue A$170M 16 offices 1,090+ people

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Chief Technical Principals SMEC focused on strengthening its technical capabilities across the business. As part of this process, SMEC formalised a number of key technical experts, referred to as Chief Technical Principals (CTPs). Industry leaders within their field, CTPs use their expertise and experience to provide technical advice and guidance on key projects, mitigating project risks. CTPs are also involved in high-level technical audits, large and complex proposals, and often taken on the role of coach or mentor for less experienced engineers.

Gamini Adikari

Vishnu Balakrishnan

Dam Safety


Keith Bloy

Graeme boyd

Mark Cordell

Transport Modelling

Hydropower Planning

Hydropower & Dams

Vince Crosdale

Peter Darling

Len Drury

Mal Dunning

Michael Friedhoff


Hydro-Mechanical Engineering




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Robert Goldsmith

Joe Grobler


Damien Kenneally

Engineering Geology

Pavements & Road Materials



Howard Markham

William Martin



John Maxwell

Luke Palfreeman

Urban Engineering


Sean Rooney

Ken Ross

Emilio Sarno

Mark Schofield

Mining Maintenance


Oil & Gas Asset Management

Highway Design

Gavin Strid

Greg Sturgess

Project Management


Robin Schonfield Contracts

Arthur Taute Pavements & Toll Roads

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Australia & New Zealand 2012-2013 was another great year for SMEC winning industry awards. SMEC won several awards for its water, transport and urban development projects from industry organisations including the prestigious United Nations Association of Australia, Engineers Australia, the Alliancing Association of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia. SMEC’s Jared Cooke (Strategic Projects Manager for Transport, based in Brisbane) was awarded Consult Australia’s Future Leader award. SMEC is proud of Jared’s achievements and the Division’s investment in its future leaders.

A$170M Total Revenue

A$2.1B Project Cost

(South West Rail Link)

The 2012-2013 financial year was challenging for SMEC in Australia and New Zealand. The Division recorded A$150.3 million in fee revenue, and A$8.7 million in profit. This result is largely attributed to a significant deterioration in the Australian operating environment for public infrastructure, and a slowdown in Australia’s mining sector. The Division has critically examined its business and has made the necessary changes to reshape its operations to ensure improved future performance. Despite a challenging market, SMEC secured a number of major projects this year, including the Linking Canberra City to the Lake Project, the Gosford Passing Loops Rail Project in Sydney, and the Robinson Road Overpass in Brisbane.


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Capital Metro Light Rail Integration Study Australia (Australian Capital Territory) The Territory Government is undertaking a study to develop Capital Metro (a light rail transit system). This study will investigate integrating the light rail corridor into the existing public transport network. Focused on the Flemington, Northbourne and central areas, SMEC is undertaking network analysis, transport and traffic modelling and stakeholder consultation.

Princes Highway Australia (New South Wales) The A$340 million project includes the upgrade of 7.5 km of the Princes Highway, to a four lane divided carriageway between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road; and construction of two new interchanges with access to Gerringong and Gerroa. The project will improve road safety and traffic efficiency. SMEC is providing all civil, structural and geotechnical designs and undertaking road safety audits.

Pacific Highway Upgrade Australia (New South Wales) The 37 km Oxley Highway to Kempsey upgrade of the Pacific Highway includes: a four lane dual carriageway; a bypass of Telegraph Point; overpasses south of Sancrox, Bill Hill and Kundabung roads; interchanges near Blackmans Point and Haydons Wharf roads; and bridges over the Wilson and Hastings rivers and Fernbank Creek. SMEC is providing detailed designs.

Richmond Bridge Australia (New South Wales) As the lead consultant for the project, SMEC identified and examined design options to address traffic congestion and flood protection on Richmond Bridge and its approach roads up to 2036. The study focused on the area north‑west of Sydney including March Street, Kurrajong Road and Bells Line of Road between Richmond and north Richmond.

South West Rail Link Australia (New South Wales) The A$2.1 billion, twin-track South West Rail Link will respond to issues of reliability and increasing passenger numbers on Sydney’s metropolitan rail network. The project involves the construction of 11 km of greenfield railway lines from Glenfield Station to Leppington, two new stations and car parks. SMEC provided tender and detailed designs for rail, civil, structural, bridge and road components.

Blackall Range Tunnel Australia (Queensland) The project involved refurbishment of a 2.5 km tunnel on the Sunshine Coast for SEQ Water. Works included the installation of rock bolt and mesh to support the tunnel, the extension of the existing rail line and installation of a safety shield structure and a communication system. SMEC provided construction support including geotechnical engineering services.

Surat Basin Rail Project Australia (Queensland) This project involved the construction of a 214 km single track heavy haul rail line from Wandoan to Banana, in Queensland’s Surat Basin coal fields. The project consisted of multiple passing loops, 48 bridges (road and rail), 300 culverts and 12 km of roads. SMEC provided tender design services for track, signalling, civil, structures and hydrology components.

Adelaide Desalination Plant Australia (South Australia)


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The A$1.8 billion desalination plant has helped secure Adelaide’s water supply for the next 30 years. Located approximately 26 km south of Adelaide, the plant at Port Stanvac will deliver 100 GL of drinking water per annum, half of Adelaide’s current annual water needs. SMEC provided all designs for the plant including architectural, civil, structural, geotechnical, marine, tunnels, drainage and environmental.

Cardinia Lakes Australia (Victoria) Designed around a former quarry that has been transformed into a large lake, park and wetland, Cardinia Lakes is a 91 ha residential development in Pakenham. SMEC Urban (a SMEC subsidiary) provided engineering, urban design and landscaping to ensure the design capitalised on views of the lake. The master planned estate includes a school, community centres and shops.

Hallam Road Landfill (Cell 9B) Australia (Victoria) Located 30 km south-east of Melbourne, the Hallam Road Landfill is one of the largest landfills in Victoria, servicing nine of Melbourne’s municipal councils. SMEC supervised and recorded the construction of Cell 9B, which included subgrade, compacted clay, geomembrane liner and leachate collection system installation works.

Warralily Australia (Victoria) 4,000 residential allotments will be developed at Warralily, a corridor south of Geelong, 10 km from Torquay on Victoria’s south-west coast. Civil works include major creek restoration and construction of roads to service the growth area. SMEC Urban (a SMEC subsidiary) is providing engineering, surveying, town planning, urban design and environmental services.

Ruataniwha Water Supply Project New Zealand 26,000 ha of farm land in Hawkes Bay will receive reliable water supply for irrigation, as part of this project. An 83 m high rockfill dam will be constructed on the Makaroro River, with a reservoir storage capacity of 90 million m³. SMEC is the Technical Advisor to the Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Company for the procurement of design and construction services.

Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific Division secured a number of significant project wins as the financial year drew to a close, and generated A$39.3M in fee revenue. These substantially bolstered the Division’s pipeline of work-in-hand. The Division is set to start the 2013-2014 financial year in a strong position. The 2012-2013 financial year saw key growth and significant new project wins in Vietnam’s transport sector, Malaysia’s hydropower sector and in vocational training and poverty reduction projects in Vietnam and Cambodia. A focus on reinvigorating operations in Hong Kong showed results, with over A$2 million worth of contracts secured in the fourth quarter of 2012-2013.

A$75M Total Revenue

595KM Rail Line

(Erdenet to Ovoot Railway)

The Asia Pacific 2012-2015 Strategic Plan was issued in November 2012. The Plan sets the strategic direction for the Division for the next three years: growing the business by satisfying client requirements and delivering the right solutions. In line with the Plan, a Ports group and a Mining, Oil & Gas group were established in Indonesia to strengthen the diversity of the Division’s technical service offering. The Mining, Oil & Gas group will enable SMEC to capitalise on increasing investment in minerals and commodities, whilst the Ports group will service the growing demand for ports across Asia Pacific.


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Image: Dong Nai 3 Dam, Vietnam

South Island Line (903 Works) Hong Kong The project comprises construction of two new elevated stations (Ocean Park Station and Wong Chuk Hang Station), 1.8 km elevated viaducts and the 247 m balanced cantilever Aberdeen Channel Bridge. SMEC is providing engineering support services including independent site inspections and the design of temporary and permanent works.

Bumi Barito Mineral Coal Project Indonesia The 19,000 ha Bumi Barito Mineral Coal Project has an initial production target of 2 million tonnes of coal per annum. The mine will produce up to 6.5 million tonnes of coal per annum once established. Coal will be transported via a new 55 km haul road to a port on the Barito River. SMEC is undertaking pre‑feasibility studies including high-level review of all mining operations.

Eastern Indonesia Road Improvement Indonesia With the objective of supporting national road and bridge improvement, the US$5.4 million program covers 4,300Â km of roads and 14 steel truss bridges. SMEC is providing institutional support, establishing financial management systems and anti-corruption measures, monitoring procurement and implementing environmental and social safeguards.

South Tarawa Sanitation Improvement Kiribati The project improved access to safe and sustainable water and sanitation services in Betio, Bairiki and Bikenibeu. The project included construction of pump and treatment systems, wells, pipelines and ocean outfall. SMEC provided project management, community engagement and capacity building services.

Ulu Jelai Hydropower Plant Malaysia The 372 MW hydropower plant in the Cameron Highlands will generate 326 GWh of power annually. The project features the 84 m high Susu Dam; the Telanok underground power station; and extensive tunnel works including the 8.4 km Telom tunnel and the 7.5 km Lemoi tunnel. SMEC provided detailed designs, construction supervision and contract administration.

Erdenet to Ovoot Railway Mongolia Northern Railways (an Aspire Mining subsidiary) is extending the Trans‑Mongolian Railway by approximately 595 km from the existing terminus at Erdenet (in northern Mongolia) to the Ovoot Coking Coal Project. The multi-purpose rail line will transport coal, freight and passengers to China and Russia. SMEC is completing risk and constraint analysis and engineering designs.

Power Sector Assessment Myanmar The project involved a detailed review of the Myanmar power system. This included the inspection of typical transmission, substation, distribution and gas generation assets throughout the country; and the collection and review of data from the Ministry of Electric Power. The output from the project was the Assessment of Myanmar Power Sector Report, published by the Asian Development Bank in September 2012.

Towns Electrification investment program (Trench One Project) Papua New Guinea


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This Asian Development Bank funded project will improve regional power supply by replacing high-cost diesel power with renewable energy. Up to six hydropower plants will be constructed, including the Divune Plant in Oro Province and the Ramazon Plant in Bougainville. SMEC is providing planning, designs, construction supervision and capacity building.

Yandera Cu-Mo-Au Mine Project Papua New Guinea The proposed Yandera Mine will yield 450,000 tonnes of copper; gold, silver and rhenium will also be mined. The project includes the construction of: a 40 km access road; 60Â buildings to support the mine; a processing plant; and water, sewage and power generation facilities. SMEC undertook a feasibility study, preliminary designs and cost estimates.

NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Philippines The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road will provide a seamless connection between the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). An extension of the NLEX Harbour Link, the connector road uses the existing Philippine National Railway alignment as its route. SMEC is providing designs, environmental assessments, geotechnical investigations and traffic analysis.

Provincial Renewable Energy Project Solomon Islands The project has two components. Component one includes the preparation of three feasibility studies for: Fiu River in Auki; Huro River in Kirakira; and Luem Balele River in Lata. Component two includes preparation of a Renewable Energy Investment Plan including renewable energy projects for possible funding by the Climate Investment Funds.

Hai Phong Urban Arterial Vietnam With a population of 1.8 million, Hai Phong has the largest sea port in northern Vietnam. The project includes the construction of the 20 km, ten lane wide Bac Son to Nam Hai road (to connect National Highway Ten to the Haiphong Dinh Vu Port) and the construction of two bridges over Lach Tray River. SMEC is providing feasibility studies, detailed designs and construction supervision.

South Asia & Middle East The South Asia and Middle East (SAME) Division generated A$43.8 million in fee revenue for 2012-2013. The Division reached record levels of ‘New Work Won’ in the first quarter of 2013. Major projects secured this year included the Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Project in Bangladesh, groundwater modelling in Kuwait, Khanki Barrage in Pakistan, the US$252 million Moragahakanda Reservoir Project in Sri Lanka, and a A$220 million upgrade of India’s National Highway 13.

A$75M Total Revenue

150+ Active Projects


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SMEC strengthened its rail capacity in the Division this year, appointing key senior managers. SMEC is now in a position where it can start to capitalise on the significant rail opportunities in Bangladesh, India and the Middle East. The outlook for the SAME Division is bright. The cessation of the Sri Lankan civil war has opened up new infrastructure projects in the road, water and energy markets. In the Middle East, opportunities are on the rise, particularly in Qatar in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Image: State Mosque, Qatar

Chittagong City Ring Road Bangladesh The project includes the construction of a four lane road on a raised embankment, running parallel to the coast. The 10 m high raised embankment is designed to protect Chittagong’s port from cyclone‑induced storm surges. SMEC is providing designs and construction supervision for all embankments, bridges and drainage infrastructure throughout the road.

Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Bangladesh To alleviate congestion in Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka, the Government of Bangladesh is constructing a number of flyover bridges. SMEC is supporting the Local Government Engineering Department in the construction of the 8.5 km Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover bridge including design review and construction supervision.

Assam Power Sector Enhancement India The Asian Development Bank funded program will improve accessibility to electricity and enhance the quality of power supply. The project includes construction of 11 new 132/33 kV substations, 340 km of 220 kV and 130 km of 132 kV transmission lines. SMEC is providing designs, specifications, bill of quantities and construction supervision.

Banihal Tunnel India The 9 km long double tube Banihal Road Tunnel (part of National Highway One) was constructed at a lower elevation than the existing tunnel, reducing the travel distance between Jammu and Kashmir in the Himalayas by 16 km. SMEC is the Independent Engineer, responsible for design review, construction supervision and quality control.

Raudhatain and Umm Al Aish Water Aquifers Kuwait The destruction of oil wells at the end of the Gulf War caused widespread contamination of soil and fresh water aquifers by both crude oil and salt water. SMEC assessed the extent of ground water contamination in Kuwait between 2002 and 2007 and is now preparing conceptual designs and determining the most effective ground water remediation options.

Shuaiba Port Kuwait Located 45 km south of Kuwait City, Shuaiba Port is Kuwait’s second largest port. The A$4.5 million project included the upgrade and expansion of existing utilities and infrastructure at the Port including: roads, stormwater drainage, sewerage, fresh and salt water networks and the power supply system. SMEC provided civil and architectural designs.

Rasuwagadhi Hydroelectric Project Nepal With a capacity of 111 MW, the US$8.1 million Rasuwagadhi Hydroelectric Project is located in the Rasuwa District, 150 km north of Kathmandu. SMEC is reviewing the detailed project report and final contractor designs (for civil, hydromechanical, electrical and mechanical works); preparing bidding documents; and providing construction supervision and contract administration.

Khanki Barrage Pakistan


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Constructed in 1892, the existing Khanki Barrage is being replaced to ensure sustainable irrigated water supply to the surrounding area for the next 100 years. The Asian Development Bank funded barrage will have 62 piers, two fish ladders and a 1.3 km long bridge. Existing river training works and 35 km of approach roads will also be upgraded. SMEC is reviewing all detailed designs and providing construction supervision.

Mohmand Dam Pakistan Located in the Swat River Basin, Mohmand Dam is a multi‑purpose reservoir scheme which will generate up to 740 MW of power and irrigate 6,000 ha of land. The 213 m high concrete-faced rockfill dam has a 56 km storage reservoir. SMEC is undertaking a feasibility study review and detailed engineering and tender designs.

Khnaiguiyah Zinc Copper Project Saudi Arabia With three open-cut mines and a 13 year life, it is expected that over 11 million tonnes of tailings will be produced annually by the mines. As such, a tailings storage facility is required. SMEC undertook: site selection; detailed designs of the tailings storage facility; feasibility, geotechnical and water management studies; and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments.

Northern Expressway Sri Lanka The planned Northern Expressway will link Colombo with Sri Lanka’s northern provinces. This project will determine the route with the least impact on the general public for the expressway. The proposed 121 km expressway consists of 11 interchanges, 86 overpasses and 65 underpasses. SMEC is undertaking Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, transport network analysis and detailed designs.

Dushanbe Uzbek Border Road Tajikistan The 7,000 km road corridor that runs north-south across central Asia is the main conduit for international trade. This project will complete the corridor’s missing section in Tajikistan, from Dushanbe to the Uzbekistan border. The project includes: upgrading the existing roads between Dushanbe and Tursunzade and then onto the Uzbekistan border; modernisation of the border crossing infrastructure at Dusti; and capacity building.


SMEC’s Africa Division reached its growth targets and budgets for the 2012-2013 financial year, recording A$72.4 million in fee revenue. Much of this success can be attributed to the addition of Vela VKE, a highly successful South African engineering Company, in July 2012. Focused on building a solid future for Africa’s infrastructure industry, SMEC sponsored the education of more than 80 students and 50 trainee technicians in Africa this year.

A$95M Total Revenue

2,600MW Power Station

(Bahr-El-Jebel Hydropower Project)

Despite a competitive environment, SMEC won many new projects, successfully defended its market share and expanded market penetration in Africa. SMEC was particularly successful winning key new projects in transport, water, education, institutional support and asset management. The Division focused on strengthening its technical capabilities, particularly in the rail, power and water areas, with a number of key senior appointments. In the mining sector, GMC Global (a SMEC subsidiary) established GMC Africa. Based in Johannesburg, GMC Africa will provide specialist advisory services in the areas of maintenance, supply chain and asset management.


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Image: Tshelimnyama Pedestrian Bridge, South Africa

Dandora Wastewater Treatment Plant Kenya The Dandora Sewerage Treatment Plant treats 80,000 mÂł of sewerage per day. The objective of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the plant by constructing an energy generating facility that will utilise the methane gas generated by the anaerobic ponds. SMEC is undertaking feasibility studies, preliminary designs and economic analysis.

Raw Water Conveyance System Malawi To prevent water pollution, a raw water conveyance system (including a 12 km pipeline, weir and sedimentation basin) was constructed from Lilongwe River to treatment plants at Lilongwe Water Board’s Water Works. SMEC provided detailed designs, hydrological and geotechnical investigations, Environmental Impact Assessments and construction supervision.

Okavango River Bridge Namibia Located in northern Namibia, the bridge is the only crossing of the Okavango River for several hundred kilometres. The objectives of the project were to widen the bridge to enable increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic; and to strengthen the bridge to carry heavy loads. SMEC provided detailed designs and construction supervision.

Rural Access Road Republic of Sudan The project will improve accessibility to farming areas in the Butana plains and markets in Es Subagh and New Halfa (particularly in the wet season) through the upgrade of 140 km of rural roads (from Arab Six to Husheib Road). SMEC is reviewing detailed designs and Environmental Impact Assessments, providing construction supervision and undertaking capacity building.

Water Harvesting and Irrigation Rwanda The project is designed to improve the livelihoods of rural communities by modernising agriculture. Initiatives include creating terraces on hillsides, managing water run-off to reduce erosion and developing irrigation systems. SMEC is undertaking feasibility studies, detailed designs and construction supervision for three sites (Kayonza Four and Rwamagana 34 and 35).

Boys Town Housing Development South Africa The 26 ha housing development consists of approximately 1,400 residential lots with an average land size of 100 m². The development includes three retention ponds, three worship sites, four community facility sites and two commercial sites. SMEC is providing project management, geotechnical investigations, designs and construction supervision.

Orange River Bridge South Africa The 366 m long Orange River Bridge at Kakamas was closed to traffic when one span of the bridge settled after supporting concrete bearings collapsed. Re-opened to traffic just 17 days after the bridge collapsed, the project included emergency repairs. An emergency seismic retrofit was then carried out within just six months. SMEC provided detailed designs, project management and construction supervision.

Zibambele Poverty Alleviation Program South Africa


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The objective of the program is to alleviate poverty by creating sustainable job opportunities (in the area of rural road maintenance) for poor rural families. The program targets women-led households and benefits approximately 40,000 people. SMEC manages the program, providing technical support, monitoring, evaluation and Geographical Information System mapping.

Bahr-el-Jebel Hydropower Project South Sudan SMEC undertook feasibility studies and designs to determine the hydropower potential of Bahr‑El‑Jebel; a stretch of the White Nile River downstream of the Uganda‑South Sudan border to Juba. The project included four dams and a hydropower station with a generating capacity of 2,600 MW along the 104 km stretch of the river.

Iringa to Mbeya Transmission Line Tanzania To facilitate smooth power transfer to the northern part of Tanzania, TANESCO (with the assistance of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program) carried out a feasibility study and provided designs for a 400 kV transmission line between Iringa and Mbeya. SMEC provided Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Management Plans.

Lake Tanganyika Basin Water Resources Plan Tanzania Part of the Water Sector Development Program (2006-2025), the Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Plan for the Lake Tanganyika Basin is being developed by SMEC. The Plan will improve the livelihoods of people living in the basin and ensure environmentally and socially sustainable water resources development.

Solid Waste Management Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital city, is the third fastest growing city in Africa, with an estimated population of more than four million people. The city’s future capacity for solid waste management required review. SMEC prepared an integrated solid waste management system that will support the current and future demands for solid waste in the city.

Mining, Oil & Gas The Mining, Oil & Gas Division contributed A$43 million in fee revenue for its first full financial year. This result was adversely impacted by reduced resource prices globally and a slowdown in mining spend in Australia, and North and South America. Despite difficult market conditions, the Division substantially increased its portfolio of strategic projects, securing noteworthy projects in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Middle East and the United States.

A$45M Total Revenue

40MW Dugald River Mine

GMC Global (a SMEC subsidiary) has used the mining downturn to focus their service offering on areas that add value to their client’s bottom-line; mine productivity and business improvements are key areas they have expanded to better service mining clients. Developing strategic relationships has been a key focus area, and GMC Global has made great headway, developing key relationships with clients ranging from the world’s largest producer of copper, to one of the world’s largest gold mining companies. This year GMC Global opened its first African office, in Johannesburg, South Africa. GMC Global has plans to further expand into other parts of Africa to support the many global mining companies that have significant long-term projects in Africa.


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Training and Data Management Australia (National) GMC Global (a SMEC subsidiary) was contracted by a global coal mining company to implement an improved Enterprise Resource Planning process. GMC Global is providing various support services including data management and the design and delivery of a comprehensive employee training program.

Dugald River Mine Australia (Queensland) Min Metals Group is developing a new lead, zinc and silver mine site in Dugald River, north-west Queensland. SMEC is providing detailed designs for the construction of a 220 kV transmission line (connected to the Chumvale substation approximately 64 km south of the mine) and a substation (designed to cater for the mine’s projected demand of 40 MW).

Mount Todd Mine Facility Australia (Queensland) SMEC provided the detailed designs of a new containment bund at Mount Todd gold mine (on the eastern end of Batman Pit). The pit has not been used since 2000 and was being used to store contaminated water. The designs had to accommodate the movement of semi-trailer trucks. Upon completion, the final bund will allow for an additional 5 GL of pumped storage.

Iron Ore SAP Project Australia (Western Australia) GMC Global (a SMEC subsidiary) is supporting one of the world’s largest resource companies with the implementation of a business transformation initiative (across its global operations) to standardise business processes and metrics. GMC Global is assisting a number of Customer Sector Groups (including West Australia Iron Ore) with the SAP implementation process.

Asset Management Canada The project involves the implementation of an asset management improvement program for two Canadian mining companies. Key objectives of the project include: capacity building of maintenance employees; improved communication between internal departments; increased use of the asset management system; and supply chain optimisation.

Asset Management Chile This project involved the development and execution of an employee training program to improve the client’s asset management processes. The training focused on the importance of data quality and integrity, particularly maintenance data. The project resulted in a number of improvements including increased production levels and reduced costs.

Maintenance Improvement Program Chile The largest copper producing company in the world engaged GMC Global (a SMEC subsidiary) to improve short-term operational results across four sites near Calama, Chile. GMC Global increased the potential of the client’s assets by improving maintenance processes. The four sites produce approximately 600,000 tonnes of copper annually.

Daya Bumindo Karunia’s Coal Transportation Indonesia The objective of the project is to develop infrastructure for the transportation of coking coal from a mine in Balau to ships at Pulau Laut. The proposed infrastructure includes 165 km of haul roads, bridges, stockpile areas, conveyors and jetties at Muara Laung and Kelanis. SMEC is undertaking bid evaluation, technical review of preliminary designs and detailed designs. 34

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Latif Wellheads Pakistan The Latif gas field produces 80Â Million Standard Cubic Feet per Day (MMSCFD) of feed gas, supplied through a 50 km pipeline for processing at Sawan Central Processing Plant. OMV (the gas field owner) planned to increase production, with four new wells (each to produce 35 MMSCFD). SMEC is undertaking studies and designs for wellheads, flowlines, chemical injection skids, a 50 km pipeline and communication and gas flare systems.

Maramzai and Mamikhel Wellheads Pakistan MOL Pakistan, as the operator of the Tal Block in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, planned to develop the Mamikhel and Maramzai wellheads and their corresponding flowlines and valve assemblies. SMEC provided detailed engineering designs for the Maramzai and Mamikhel wellheads and respective valve assemblies.

Dense Material Separation Plant South Africa The project involves the construction of a new Dense Material Separation Plant at a large iron ore mine. The plant incorporates a feed system for product and waste stockpiles, water and electricity reticulation and a variety of basic infrastructure. SMEC is providing project management, designs and construction supervision and is undertaking a feasibility study.

Sustainable Learning and Shutdown Support United States of America GMC Global (a SMEC subsidiary) is developing a Work Management Sustainable Learning program for engineers, planners, supervisors and technicians employed by a major oil and gas company. GMC Global’s holistic sustainable learning approach includes training that is focused on how processes and systems can drive (and improve) business results.


• Roads and Highways • Rail Infrastructure • Ports and Harbours


• Airports

Project Cost

• Bridges and Structures

(Robinson Road Overbridge)

• Traffic and Transport Planning

40 Bridges

(Bangladesh Railway Improvement Project)

• Transport Infrastructure Study and Design • Construction Management • Operation and Asset Maintenance


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The A$100 million project involves the construction of two 2 km passing loops either side of the railway line between Gosford and Narrara. The passing loops will ensure efficient freight train movement north of Sydney. The project includes six new rail bridges over Brady’s Gully, Wingello Creek and Wyoming Creek. SMEC is undertaking detailed designs.

Robinson Road Overbridge Australia (Queensland) The A$200 million project involves replacing the open level rail crossing at Geebung, north of Brisbane, with a four lane road‑over-rail overpass. The project will connect Robinson Road East and Robinson Road West and includes two new signalised intersections. SMEC is undertaking civil and structural designs, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, lighting and traffic signal designs, geotechnical analysis, environmental management and construction support.

Bangladesh Railway Improvement Project Bangladesh The project will prove capacity, efficiency and safety of railway systems throughout Bangladesh. Work includes: construction of 64 km of main line railway, 22 km of loops and sidings, 40 bridges (three of which are over 1.2 km in length); upgrade of ten railway stations; and soft ground treatments for over 20 km of foundations. SMEC is undertaking project management, geotechnical investigations, rail and bridge designs and construction supervision.

Shatin to Central rail Link Hong Kong The 17 km Shatin to Central Link is a strategic rail corridor between Tai Wai and Admiralty, with ten stations. It will connect the New Territories, East Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Most of the tunnels and stations will be constructed underground. SMEC is undertaking independent design review and temporary works design for six contracts under phase one.


• Dams • Water Resources


• Water Supply and Wastewater

Increase in Work-in-Hand

• Water and Wastewater Treatment • River Structures

12KM Water Tunnel (Nairobi Northern Collector Tunnel)


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• Irrigation • Drainage • Hydrogeology

Image: Victorian Desalination Plant, Australia

Cedar Grove Connector Australia (Queensland) A water harvesting system was developed on Logan River which included Cedar Grove Weir, Bromelton Offstream Storage and Wyaralong Dam. In order to utilise the full capacity of the system, construction of a water treatment plant and the 30 km Cedar Grove Connector pipeline was required. SMEC undertook planning and preliminary designs.

Nairobi Northern Collector Tunnel Kenya The Northern Collector Tunnel is a 12 km water transfer tunnel which will intercept three rivers (to the north of Nairobi) and transfer the intercepted water to the Thika Dam. Hydraulic structures include three intake weirs and the outlet to Thika Dam. SMEC is providing detailed designs, tender documentation and construction supervision services.

Oyu Tolgoi Mine Undai River Diversion Mongolia Oyu Tolgoi mine is expected to produce 450,000 tonnes of copper and 330,000 ounces of gold per annum. The Undai River must be diverted to prevent water inflows to the main mine pit. SMEC is undertaking detailed designs of the river diversion works including a 6 m high dam, a channel and an underground pipeline.

Colombo Wastewater Management Sri Lanka The project included upgrade of sewerage infrastructure (rehabilitation of 17 pumping stations and 10 km of sewers; and construction of four new pumping mains); and strengthening of institutional, operational and maintenance capabilities of the Colombo Municipal Council. SMEC provided planning, detailed designs and construction supervision services.


• Environmental and Social Impact Assessment


• Coastal Protection

Active Projects

• Waste Management • Land Management • Contamination Remediation

20 Environmental Plans (Local Environmental Plan Fund)


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• Sustainability • Natural Resources

Image: Condamine River Alliance, Australia

Majura Parkway Australia (Australian Capital Territory) The Majura Parkway will be an 11.5Â km dual carriageway between the Federal Highway and the Monaro Highway. SMEC undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment and monitored flora and fauna (including the Gold Sun Moth, the Grassland Earless Dragon and the Striped Legless Lizard) during and after construction.

Local Environmental Plan Fund Australia (New South Wales) Under New South Wales planning legislation, each Local Government Area (LGA) is required to have a Local Environmental Plan (LEP); a planning instrument that regulates land use and development parameters including land zones, lot sizes, building heights, flood planning and biodiversity. SMEC delivered 20 LEPs and mapping services to a number of LGAs.

Urban Environmental Improvement Nepal Part of the Secondary Towns Integrated Urban Environmental Improvement Project, SMEC is providing designs and construction supervision to the Biratnagar, Birgunj and Butwal municipalities for a number of components, including: drainage structures, a sewerage treatment plant and solid waste management infrastructure.

Red Sea Power Plant Republic of Sudan SMEC is undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment of the Red Sea Power Plant, 70 km north of Port Sudan. The power plant will address electricity demands and will feature: two 300 MW power trains; a deep water port with a capacity for 70,000Â ton vessels; a coal yard; a desalination plant; and a 220 kV transmission line and substation.

Hydropower & Energy


• Hydropower Development and Rehabilitation

Power Station

• Transmission and Distribution

(Baleh Hydropower Project)

• Renewable Energy • Thermal and Geothermal


• Energy Efficiency and Carbon Management

Active Projects


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Kogan Creek Solar Boost Australia (Queensland) A solar booster plant (including a 44 MW solar thermal addition) is being built at the Kogan Creek Power Station. The largest of its type in Australia, the plant will produce cleaner energy and increase electricity output and fuel efficiency. SMEC is providing mechanical, electrical and civil engineering designs for the 40 ha solar field; and mechanical and structural designs for a 1.5 km connector pipeline.

Transmission Grid Interconnection Botswana This project achieved its objective of connecting new 350 MW mining, agricultural and industrial load centres to Botswana’s 400 kV national transmission grid. Both power reliability and voltage levels were improved. SMEC’s services included: optimising alternate line routes, preliminary line route selection, power system analysis, environmental studies, cost analysis and preliminary designs.

Budhil Hydropower Project India Located on Budhil Nallah (a major tributary of the Ravi River), the project will supply power to northern India. The region currently face power supply shortages, particularly in peak periods. Project works comprise: a 60 m high concrete gravity dam; a 6 km long head race tunnel; and a 30 m high underground powerhouse housing two 35 MW vertical shaft turbines. SMEC prepared tender documents and reviewed drawings and designs.

Baleh Hydropower Project Malaysia The proposed Baleh Hydropower Project on the island of Borneo will include a 1,400 MW surface power station and a 205 m high dam with a total volume of 25 million m³ of embankment fill, making it one of the world’s largest concretefaced rockfill dams. The project will utilise renewable energy resources and provide employment and business opportunities. SMEC prepared the feasibility study and is currently undertaking the tender design.

Geotechnics & Tunnels

• Geotechnical Investigation and Interpretation • Hydrogeological Assessment and Groundwater Modelling • Ground Improvement and Soft Ground Engineering


• Slope Assessment and Remediation

Project Cost

(Jahangir Gate to Rokeya Sarani Tunnel)

• Retaining Walls and Structural Foundations

12m Diameter

(Rohtang Tunnel)

• Hard Rock and Soft Ground Tunnels • Cut and Cover Tunnels and Shafts • Microtunnelling and Pipejacking • Hydraulics, Lining Design and Intakes and Outlets


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Image: City West Cable Tunnel, Australia

Peninsula Link Australia (Victoria) Peninsula Link is a 27 km dual carriageway freeway that runs behind Frankston to join the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Baxter. The project included construction of 27 bridges, on and off ramps and numerous interchanges. SMEC provided geotechnical designs for retaining walls, ground improvement works, earthworks and bridge foundations at the EastLink Interchange.

Jahangir Gate to Rokeya Sarani Tunnel Bangladesh The Government of Bangladesh is building a US$50 million 1 km long multi-lane road tunnel from the Jahangir Gate to Rokeya Sarani (under the old Teigan Airport). SMEC is undertaking a feasibility study, geotechnical investigations, traffic surveys and concept designs.

South Island Rail Line (Admiralty Station) Hong Kong The South Island Rail Line has five stations and 7 km of underground and elevated structures. Situated directly below busy roads, an underpass and a car park with shallow rock cover, the station cavern spans 24.5 m, is 16 m high and 105 m long. SMEC provided designs for permanent works and major temporary works for the station cavern and tunnel in Admiralty.

Rohtang Tunnel India The 8.8 km two lane bi-directional Rohtang Highway Tunnel in the Himalayan ranges (3,080 m above sea level) bypasses the Rohtang Pass on the Manali-Leh road. The 12 m diameter tunnel will reduce the road distance by 47 km. SMEC prepared tender designs, detailed designs and is currently providing assistance during construction, commissioning and on-the-job training.

Urban Development

• Planning • Urban Design


• Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping


(Cornubia Development)

• Landscape Architecture • Water Cycle Management

250+ Employees

• Urban Development Engineering • Project Management


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City to the Lake Australia (Australian Capital Territory) City to the Lake was a key initiative of the Territory Government. SMEC established a development framework for the urban extension of Canberra’s city centre towards Lake Burley Griffin. SMEC’s framework focused on the south of Canberra’s central business district, from the West Basin to Anzac Parade.

Minto Renewal Project Australia (New South Wales) Located in south-west Sydney, Minto is a 140 ha sustainable urban community comprised of 1,100 dwellings (350 public housing homes and 850 private homes). The site includes parks, sports fields, a shopping centre and other open spaces. SMEC Urban (a SMEC subsidiary) is providing services as the project’s lead engineering consultant, water servicing coordinator and construction superintendent.

Ivadale Lakes Australia (Queensland) With over 600 residential lots, the A$50 million residential subdivision includes road networks, parkland, lakes and public open space. Design development and construction was influenced by steep topography, poor soil conditions and large earthwork quantities. SMEC Urban (a SMEC subsidiary) provided detailed designs, contract administration and construction supervision.

Cornubia Development South Africa The project is a 1,200 ha mixed-use urban development comprising industrial, commercial and residential areas. The Cornubia Industrial and Business Estate will house logistics, light industry offices and showrooms. The residential area includes 24,000 houses, of which 15,000 will be subsidised housing. SMEC provided master planning and designs for roads, stormwater, sewers and structures.

Social Development

• Community Development • Health


• Education and Training • Gender Development

Project Cost

(Transport Sector Support Program)

• Baseline and Impact Assessment • Monitoring and Evaluation

20+ Years’ Experience

• Human Resources • Government and Institutional Strengthening • Public Sector Reform


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Image: Imizamo Yethu Soccer Pitch, South Africa

Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project Bangladesh Following the damage caused by Cyclone Sidr in 2007, the Government of Bangladesh facilitated restoration of the agriculture sector and reconstruction of damaged infrastructure. SMEC’s services included: independent monitoring of project progress and assistance to the Project Coordination and Monitoring Unit.

General Education Quality Improvement Ethiopia The World Bank funded General Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP) was part of the third Education Sector Development Program. The GEQIP improved: teaching and learning conditions in primary and secondary schools; and the management capacity of the Ministry of Education. SMEC provided technical advisory services to the Government of Ethiopia.

Transport Sector Support Program Papua New Guinea Commenced in July 2007, the A$500 million program has funded various transport infrastructure projects in the areas of roads, maritime and aviation infrastructure. As implementing service provider, SMEC managed all aspects of the program, including capacity building within transport subsector organisations.

Vietnam Skills Enhancement Project Vietnam The objective of the project was to ensure a more competitive and highly skilled workforce in priority industries. This was achieved through the development of university-level training programs and strengthening of governance and quality assurance frameworks. SMEC’s services included: project management, social and gender development, stakeholder relations and development of training programs.

Government & Advisory Services

• Asset Management • Municipal Service Delivery


• Public Transport Planning and Management


• Water Utility Operations and Management

(Sekhukhune District Asset Management)

• Governance and Institutional Strengthening

12 Local Governments (Local Government Project)


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• Finance and Economic Advisory • Training and Capacity Building

Image: Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport, Nepal

Municipal Capacity Development Bangladesh Funded by the Asian Development Bank, SMEC is providing training and capacity building to local municipalities in: municipal funding, financial management, accounting, organisational management human resource management and Public-Private Partnership development; and developing an Annual Operations and Maintenance Plan.

Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Transport Nepal The project will improve the quality of life in Kathmandu by constructing a more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly urban transport system. The project includes improvement of 14 intersections, construction of four pedestrian bridges and air quality monitoring. SMEC is providing project management, traffic management and capacity building.

Sekhukhune District Asset Management South Africa The three year project will ensure that the Sekhukhune District Municipality complies with legislation and has an asset management system based on the ISO 55000 framework. SMEC is: undertaking condition assessments in a number of towns and 710 rural villages; and implementing an Asset Management Strategy with associated policies, plans and processes.

Local Government Project Swaziland The objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of all 12 urban local governments in Swaziland. With a focus on the road sector, SMEC will train local governments in the areas of financial stability and good governance; administrative efficiency; project execution and service delivery; and transparency and accountability.

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