SMEC is a leader in the field of energy, having undertaken major upgrades and refurbishments on existing infrastructure, and provided design and construction services on new facilities and networks worldwide.

Our capabilities within the energy sector encompass:

  • Hydroelectric schemes
  • Renewable energy
  • Dams
  • Transmission and distribution networks
  • Thermal and geothermal
  • Geotechnics and tunnels
  • Regulatory and market advice

We listen to our clients and provide cost effective solutions to maximise productivity while balancing performance, safety, ease of operation and output.

Our specialist capabilities cover the complete geotechnical, hydrological, civil, electrical and mechanical scope for the development of hydropower and energy infrastructure and associated networks.

In addition, we provide ‘whole of life’ asset management services, providing clients with advice, strategy development and support during all phases of plant life, including planning, operations, maintenance, replacement and upgrade.

Our Capabilities

SMEC delivers high-quality consultancy services to clients and communities around the world. Operating in all key areas of social and physical infrastructure, SMEC provides innovative solutions and services across the life of a project from conceptualisation to social services.

Our Services

At SMEC, we have developed and refined a core service offering to best serve our clients.

Our services cover the life of a project, providing a single source solution to your project requirements.


Whether it is a proposed project or an existing structure, SMEC’s multidisciplinary team of professionals draw on their skills and experience in the public and private sectors to provide advice and support during the conceptualisation stage.

Through extensive consultation and analysis, we assess each new project from the client’s perspective and always with the client’s goals in mind.

We listen to our client to gain an in-depth understanding of the project objectives and establish the overall project scope.

During the conceptualisation stage an initial high level implementation plan approach is defined, and key project stakeholders are identified.

Our clients benefit from our extensive capability offering, which includes:

  • Strategy development
  • Concept assessment
  • Privatisation studies
  • Due diligence studies

Work completed during this stage will support the additional steps in the project lifecycle.

During the feasibility stage, our objective is to determine the technical, operational and financial feasibility of the project.

Aside from cost effectiveness, a project’s feasibility may also depend on the proposed technology and processes used, the site location, and identifying and analysing additional project risks.

During this stage we undertake economic and project feasibility studies, site investigations, economic and market assessments and financial analysis in order to assess project viability. We then create a detailed report to define how the project scope will be implemented during the project lifecycle.

Our feasibility capabilities include:

  • Economic feasibility studies
  • Project feasibility Studies
  • Investigations
  • Assessments

Our planning capabilities cover the fields of strategic and statutory planning, including structure planning, community master plans, development plans, permit approvals and planning reports.

During this stage, we utilise our in-depth knowledge of data systems, industry standards and regulatory requirements, to integrate systems and streamline project planning, approvals and management processes.

We provide seamless field-to-office systems to ensure information is available to clients as and when required.

Working closely with our clients during the planning stage, we identify key stakeholders and develop a communication and stakeholder engagement strategy to facilitate project implementation and delivery.

Our specialist capabilities covering the planning stage of a project include:

  • Surveying
  • Assessments and investigations
  • Modelling and mapping
  • Community engagement and stakeholder management
  • Masterplans
  • Licensing and permit management

Working in partnership with clients, listening to their requirements and understanding their goals and expectations is the first step to sustainable project design.

We combine innovative design solutions with technical expertise to ensure all project designs enhance quality and style, meet the highest standards for user comfort and safety, and maintain a focus on functionality, economy and sustainability.

Regardless of project size, location or complexity, we work closely with our clients to progress the project design from a high level design scope through to the final detailed design stage.

Utilising Front End Engineering Design (FEED), we create a design that will reflect client requirements and avoid significant changes during the construction stage.

Our design capabilities extend to:

  • Concept design
  • Preliminary design
  • Detailed design
  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED)

SMEC has the experience and expertise needed to deliver projects on time and within budget, regardless of the challenges faced.

Partnering with clients, organisations and local communities, we work closely with all stakeholders during the construction stage, taking projects from design to completion.

We keep projects on schedule, reduce technical risks, meet budget requirements and ensure compliance with relevant regulations, quality standards, construction permits and insurance guidelines.

From tender development and evaluation through to project management and commissioning we ensure each project is completed successfully.

Our construction capabilities include:

  • Tender and contract management
  • Construction supervision
  • Project management
  • Program management
  • Commissioning

Our operation and maintenance services extend to all infrastructure projects, regardless of complexity, size or location.

With demonstrated expertise across a range of industries and locations, our capabilities range from operational readiness and support, through to continuous improvement and contract operations.

During the operation and maintenance stage of a project, we strive to find the optimum balance between risk, performance and cost.

Our multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and maximise the productivity and capability of assets.

Our clients benefit from our tailored operation and maintenance capabilities, which include:

  • Asset management
  • Facilities management
  • Supply chain management
  • Process optimisation
  • Risk management
  • Instrumentation, surveillance and monitoring
  • Pre-commissioning, commissioning and operations
  • Learning and development

Learn more about our asset management capabilities.

Through our multidisciplinary team of professionals we provide practical and responsive management services to a broad range of industries and locations.

We are experienced in the organisational review and restructuring of public and private sector organisations, and provide advice on the implementation of management systems.

We support our clients through the continuous review of organisational processes, deployment of internal communication and engagement strategies, organisational structure and change management.

We offer skills in organisational performance evaluation, needs analysis and program design, development of service delivery options, community engagement and participation programs, and customer-focused initiatives.

Organisations benefit from our innovative and sustainable learning and development services. We have diverse and practical experience in analysing, designing, developing, and implementing learning and development programs for our clients across a broad range of industries.

Our capabilities during this stage of the project lifecycle include:

  • Advisory services
  • Organisational change
  • Strategy development
  • Learning and development