SMEC has operated in Bangladesh since the 1960s and has since established a strong reputation in the design and delivery of complex infrastructure projects. Project Director, Md Ariful Islam said,
“Our engineering team has developed a cost-effective design solution whilst overcoming the unique engineering challenges posed by the rivers and natural conditions affecting the rail alignment. To achieve consensus on the alignment, the SMEC/ACE team has led extensive consultation with a myriad of stakeholders, preparing a design that celebrates the historical significance of the site.”
Above: Views of Mujibnaga Station
During the concept and detailed design process, SMEC coordinated input from all key stakeholders including local political leaders, utility providers and community groups. Detailed consultations and workshops were held to clearly communicate the design intent and thinking behind each alignment option. As part of the detailed design the team has altered station locations to optimise the height of the river embankment, which will result in significantly reduce construction costs.
The design of the stations was also a key consideration for the team, reflecting the importance of Mujibnagar in the history of Bangladesh. Connecting these districts is culturally significant because this is where Bangladesh’s first government declared independence and took oath in April 1971. Stations have been designed to reflect local culture whilst incorporating locally available materials. Six stations are proposed including Darshana, Bastobpur, Kanaidanga, Mujibnagar, Monakhali, and Meherpur.
Client: Bangladesh Railway
Location: Darshana to Meherpur
Delivery Partners: ACE consultants, Bangladesh
The Ghana Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has appointed SMEC to investigate a long-term Sanitation Strategy in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (GKMA). The project is an extension of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project. The project aims to increase access to sanitation and create a healthier urban environment.
More than 50,000 motorists who travel through the base of Mount Ousley in New South Wales each day are a step closer to safer and more efficient journeys with the award of a major contract to SMEC's partner, Fulton Hogan Construction.
SMEC South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Logashri Sewnarain, has been elected a member of the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Board.
SMEC South Africa has recently directed vital support to The Sozo Foundation, a non-profit organisation situated in the impoverished Cape Flats community of Vrygrond, Cape Town. This financial contribution underscores SMEC's commitment to catalysing positive change in underserved communities.