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 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.