FORE205-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Introduction to Forest Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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

  • Upon successful completion of the course, 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 variables needed to develop a basic harvest plan;
  • understand the importance of both safety and protection of the environment in forest operations.


Subject to approval of the Chair Board of Studies


FORE305, ENFO343, FORE578


Campbell Harvey


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Class Participation 5%
Machine Costing Spreadsheet assignment 5%
Harvesting Practices Presentation 5%
Group Project 10%
Mid-Term Test 25%
Mid-Year Examination 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,250.00

* 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 .

All FORE205 Occurrences

  • FORE205-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023