SMEC’s experience in geotechnics and tunnels dates back to 1949, to the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme where new tunnelling techniques were established, enabling the construction of major underground powerhouse caverns and intake shafts. Today, SMEC is a diversified multi-national consultancy that delivers geotechnics and tunnels services to a broad range of sectors including Water, Transport and Hydropower and Energy.
SMEC has a proven track record in providing quality tunnelling and geotechnical engineering services for large infrastructure projects. SMEC has a strong team of geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists that provide advice, leadership and technical skills to develop cost effective outcomes to underground and mining engineering issues for a wide range of clients. SMEC has specialised skills in soft and hard ground engineering and underground space development.
SMEC assists mining companies to improve efficiency through innovative technical services for supporting infrastructure including: energy and water supply, road and rail transport, social infrastructure, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and project management. With the addition of GMC Global
to SMEC in 2012, SMEC has diversified into the resources industry. GMC Global
is a recognised leader in the resources industry in the provision of professional consulting services in maintenance, training and supply chain. Formed in 2001, GMC Global
is a consultancy services company with operations in Australia and North and South America.
Within the Geotechnics and Tunnels sector, SMEC’s capabilities extend through all stages of the project from project conception to completion. SMEC's services include: pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, field investigations, laboratory testing, computer modelling, design, preparation of tender and contract documents, tender evaluation, contract management and construction supervision, quality assurance, commissioning, operation and maintenance, training and overall project management.