Chief Technical Principal – Rail

As a Chief Technical Principal for SMEC’s Rail team, Anthony (Tony) Dunn utilises over 25 years’ of industry experience to provide subject matter expert information and coordination for a variety of future shaping projects across the globe.


Delivering multiple roles, Tony is across nationally significant projects such as Sydney Metro’s Stations, Systems Trains, Operations and Maintenance (SSTOM), ARTC’s Inland Rail and Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade (Stage 1). He is also an active member of Engineers Australia and Treasurer for the Permanent Way Institute Queensland.


Tony has contributed to the success of SMEC major projects in Indonesia, Palembang LRT, as part of the opportunity team and through to the delivery execution phase and continually supports other regions with support to major project requirements.


His ascension into technical leadership and commercial management was initiated after working on significant projects like London Underground and Leeds Station, which saw Tony verifying manufacturing and installations of trackwork across the United Kingdom, prior to continuing his knowledge development in Australasia.


As a Subject Matter Expert, you’re not only there to solve problems but ensure the project teams have access to specific technical experts or industry partners that offer people that can support innovative thinking.”

With innovation constantly on the horizon, Tony is passionate about leading discussions for the future of the railway industry. Considering emerging technologies will enable rail projects to innovatively analyse data and implement findings into network asset life cycles. “We have significant data of how the rail networks are design, operated, maintained and used, and we have a unique opportunity to look at how we can utilise this data to generate solutions that address the need to reduce energy consumption and waste production.” Tony believes we can continue to work towards integrating new levels of sustainability, from project conception through the whole life of the project and into decommissioning.

Large rail projects are increasingly covering multiple disciplinary areas, and for graduates coming into the industry today, Tony wants to instil the message that there is a place in the rail industry for everyone, “We use a full spectrum of engineers, scientists and professionals that all contribute to successful outcomes of major rail projects so there really is a role in rail for all”.