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Strengthening partnerships for a sustainable future

2020 Annual Review

Interview with the CEO

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that 2020 was a year like no other in recent history. The ramifications of the global COVID-19 pandemic continue to re-shape the world in which we live.

Hari Poologasundram, CEO SMEC & CEO International Surbana Jurong, reflects on the challenges, triumphs and learnings of an unprecedented year, and looks ahead to the company’s future.

Our people & communities

Across our global organisation, our people came together around a singular focus: ensuring safety and health, maintaining operational resilience and exceeding our commitments to our clients and partners.


Our specialists share their thoughts, ideas and innovations that are helping to connect, move and power people and communities

Will COVID-19 reshape urban communities?

Why authentic relationships are your strength during a crisis

Fortitude and resilience key to success

Insights into major water infrastructure projects: Q&A with Project Director Elliot Hannan


A sustained commitment to excellence and delivery

Outcomes recognised by industry

Building towards a more sustainable figure requires a winning combination of experience, expertise and innovation, which has been recognised by multiple industry awards

#26, Engineering News Record (ENR) 2020

The Surbana Jurong Group is ranked at #26 in the Top 225 International Design Firms list, and #9 in the Top 10 Asia/Australia list for 2020.

Client Choice Awards, Australia
  • Winner, Best Provider to Construction and Infrastructure
  • Winner, Most Improved Net Promoter Score®
  • Winner, Best Professional Services Firm with revenue greater than A$200 million
  • Winner, Best Built Environment Firm with revenue greater than A$200 million
Albion Park Rail Bypass – Detailed Design, Australia

Winner, Australian Engineering Excellence Award Sydney 2020

Sydney Metro Northwest Stations project, Australia

Winner, Australian Engineering Excellence Award Sydney 2020

InQuik Bridge System, Australia

Winner, Australian Engineering Excellence Award Canberra 2020

Sydney Metro Northwest – Operations, Trains and Systems project, Australia

Highly Commended Award, Innovative Design, Consult Australia Awards

Logan Enhancement Project, Australia

Gold Award, Collaboration for Project Excellence, Consult Australia Awards

V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge, South Africa
  • Winner, Bridges category, and Overall Winner, Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards 2020
  • Joint Winner, Technical Excellence category, South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Awards
Provision of Water and Sanitation Services to Informal Settlements and Schools in the eThekwini Municipality (Phase 3)

Winner, Projects with a value greater than R1-billion category, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards

Designing for the future

There is no doubt that the global pandemic has brought lasting changes, and that we will continue adapting to new ways of working.

We’re connecting our infrastructure specialists, design leaders and project managers even closer than before to strengthen partnerships, drive closer collaboration, and look at new ways and areas to apply our expertise.

As we navigate the pathway to rebuild and recovery, we’re also embedding an aspirational mindset through our organisation – to think differently and to strive for excellence.

Download the full version of the 2020 SMEC Annual Review