About us: The SEMF Story

SEMF was established in 1980 when the Tasmanian branch of Lincoln Scott Australia was bought out by local partners and reincorporated as EMF Consultants. At this point, the company’s key focus was on the provision of electrical, mechanical and fire design of building engineering services. In the next 12 years, EMF Consultants multiplied its headcount and expanded into markets such as industrial engineering and environmental sciences.

In 1989, EMF Consultants joined forces with Stephenson Maunsell & Partners, a firm specialising in civil and structural engineering as well as project management, to become Stephenson EMF Consultants. The name was then abbreviated to SEMF.

Although the firm officially started operating as SEMF Holdings in 1997, its acronym was adapted to stand for Scientists, Engineers, Managers and Facilitators – a better reflection of its interdisciplinary approach.

SEMF then embarked on a series of mergers, moves which consolidated its electrical, mechanical and structural engineering capabilities and helped forge a presence in Brisbane and Gladstone. It joined forces with Sydney building and engineering specialists SPECS in 2002 and Austek, an electrical and mechanical engineering firm based in Melbourne in 2004.

From 2007, the Melbourne office expanded to include John Vroland & Associates and Tattersall Engineering Consulting, key acquisitions that heightened SEMF’s building services and industrial offering.

In 2009, SEMF bought out Earth Air Water, a Sydney-based environmental firm focusing on geo-sciences and environmental auditing. This most recent acquisition sealed SEMF’s status as a truly interdisciplinary firm with robust capabilities across engineering, management, building services and environmental sciences. 

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The Tasmanian branch of Lincoln Scott Australia was wholly acquired by a team of local employees, with an initial focus on providing electrical, mechanical, fire design and engineering services to the building services industry.


SEMF consultants joined forces with Stephen Maunsell & Partners to become Stephenson EMF Consultants. 


The company started formally trading as SEMF Holdings.


SEMF expanded further by merging with SPECS, a building services engineering firm based in Sydney. 


SEMF merged with Austek Engineering, a Melbourne-based electrical and mechanical engineering firm with a focus on the industrial sector.


SEMF added substantial civil and structural capability and expertise in tensile structures to its Melbourne business by joining forces with John Vroland & Associates.


Merged with Tattersal Engineering Consultants.


SEMF acquired substantial geo-services and environmental auditing expertise through the buyout of Sydney-based environmental services firm Earth Air Water (EAW). 

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