FORE205-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Introduction to Forest Engineering

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


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


Subject to approval of the Chair Board of Studies


FORE305, ENFO343, FORE578

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Music 205 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A7 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 18:00 Forestry 152 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 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 $956.00

International fee $4,575.00

* 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.

All FORE205 Occurrences

  • FORE205-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019