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Snowy! Power of a nation

Background to the Scheme
Civil structures
Investigating, managing and building the Scheme
Personal and public transport
Lifting devices
Impact of the Scheme
Impact on environment
Impact on society
The Snowy scheme today
Take it further
Courtesy: SMA
Courtesy: SMA

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme (SMHES) is the largest engineering and construction project ever undertaken in Australia. In 1969 it was recognised as one of the seven engineering marvels of the world. In 1997 the Scheme became an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. This is an honour awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Institution of Engineers (Aust). The plaque is displayed at Tumut 3 Power Station.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Scheme, the Powerhouse Museum opened the exhibition Snowy! Power of a nation. The exhibition looked at the SMHES and explored how the Scheme shaped Australia.

The exhibition explored:

  • why the Scheme began and how it was promoted
  • achievements of scientists and engineers
  • benefits of irrigation and hydro-electricity
  • impacts on people and the environment
  • realities of working and community life
  • relationship of the Scheme to immigration and multiculturalism.

This case study focuses on developments in technology and their influence on people and engineering practice. If you are studying the following modules in Engineering studies you will find the case study particularly relevant:

  • Civil structures
  • Lifting devices
  • Telecommunications
  • Personal and public transport.
Department of Education and Training
Case studies developed by the Professional Support and Curriculum Directorate and supported by the Multicultural Programs Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Powerhouse Museum
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