ENFO204-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Forest Measurement

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


Forest mensuration and inventory, field survey techniques in plane surveying, related calculations and plotting.

Effective management of forests requires the accurate measurement of their current status and the ability to forecast their future growth and development. Fundamental to forest management is the ability to answer such questions as:

• What is the current status of each forest stand?
• How will each stand grow in the future?
• How much volume will be available at time of harvest?
• How much volume is actually recovered when a stand is harvested?
• How much wood is delivered to each customer?
• What is the value of the wood harvested?

Forest measurement and forest stand growth modelling are employed by foresters to answer these questions and are instrumental in many applications, such as:

• Monitoring current forest condition and the sustainability of forest management
• Evaluating forest management options
• Scheduling stands for operations
• Predicting future wood availability from forests
• Planning the harvest of a forest
• Reconciling estimated volumes with recovered volumes
• Determining how much customers should be charged
• Appraising forest value

Learning Outcomes

This course is intended to help you:
- understand principles and practice of forest growth and measurement; (Washington Accord WA1; UC EEI3)
- understand and properly use relevant terminology;(WA1, UC Core)
- correctly use measurement instruments to obtain accurate data about trees and forests; (WA1, 9)
- correctly apply simple surveying techniques, GPS and GIS; (WA 1, 9; UC EEI4) and
- correctly analyse forest growth and measurement data to address typical forest management questions. (WA1, 9; UC EEI2)

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.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


Subject to approval of the Director of Studies, Forest Engineering.


FORE141, FORE216

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 340
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab
15 Jul - 28 Jul
12 Aug - 25 Aug
23 Sep - 6 Oct
Computer Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Bruce Manley


Campbell Harvey and Vega Xu


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Case Study Report 1 15%
Case Study Report 2 10%
GIS Lab Quizzes/Reports 15%
Surveying Portfolio 10%
End-of-Year Exam 50%


Compulsory Labs (Computer & Field)

An important component of the course is applying concepts and techniques of forest measurement. Consequently a pass in this paper requires a satisfactory performance in the computer laboratories and field work.  A satisfactory performance means attendance at and successful completion of all computer labs & field labs including completing and handing in any required lab reports.

Field labs will be conducted RAIN or SHINE.  You must come properly equipped for cold and wet weather.  Bring rain gear and warm layers of clothing.  Be sure to wear proper field boots and a hard hat. The department will provide high visibility vests and all necessary field equipment.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,305.00

International fee $5,684.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Forestry .

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