FORE205-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Introduction to Forest Engineering

15 points
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018


History of logging and reasons for harvesting. Steps in the harvesting process; common equipment use in forest operations; machine capabilities and limitations. Developing harvesting systems, including ground-based, cable and helicopter. Introduction to harvest planning and forest roads; machine costing and system productivity. Environmental and safety aspects of forestry operations; the Resource Management Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Forest hydrology; with a focus on minimising impacts of operations on water quality.

Forest Engineering covers many of the operational aspects of working with forest resources, whereby this course focuses on providing an introduction to harvesting and harvesting systems, roading, environmental best management practices, safety and planning harvesting operations. The course starts with a history of logging and provides reasons for harvesting, including possible economic and environmental benefits. An important focus is learning the steps in the harvesting process and the associated equipment used with machine capabilities and limitations. These include ground-based, cable and helicopter systems and also covers machine costing and system productivity estimation. An overview of forest construction is also given.

To successfully carry out forest engineering operations a person must have a very good understanding of both environmental and safety aspects of forestry operations. In this course we will cover the development of both, as well as review the relevant legislation being the Resource Management Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act respectively.

The culmination of the course is the development of a harvest plan that takes all of the above elements into consideration.

Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Understand the importance of timber harvesting, including historical developments.
  • Be able to describe the steps in the harvesting process, including alternatives for each step.
  • Know the key factors and variable needed to develop a basic harvest plan.
  • Understand the importance of both safety and protection of the environment in forest operations.
  • Understand the importance of the hydrological cycle as it relates to water quality and forest operations
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Chair Board of Studies


FORE305, ENFO343, FORE578

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 441 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 446 19 Feb - 25 Mar
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 17:00 Forestry 152 19 Feb - 25 Mar
23 Apr - 3 Jun

Course Coordinator

Rien Visser


Hunter Harrill


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Machine Costing Spreadsheet assignment 5%
Harvesting Practices Presentation 5%
Group Project 15%
Mid-Term Test 25%
Mid-Year Examination 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $4,363.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Forestry.

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  • FORE205-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018