British Columbia Institute of


FNAM 3500 - Forest Engineering and Operations

Forest & Natural Areas Mgt Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

In this course, students learn basic principles related to forest road location and design, harvest system selection, and harvest planning and operations. Students study a variety of harvesting scenarios to learn assess and site and match harvest method and equipment for the safe, economic, and environmentally responsible harvesting of forest stands. Engineering field survey and data collection methods are reviewed and applied to operational harvest planning tasks. Examples of how field survey data can be transferred to computer programs such as ArcGIS and the RoadEng Survey Map, Terrain, and Location modules is included.


FNAM 2500





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 44282

Wed Sep 05 - Fri Dec 14 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 05 - Dec 14 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. If you are interested to take this course, please contact Steve at Finn or 604-432-8857.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe appropriate surveying techniques including preparation of complete and accurate field notes to current industry standards and practices.
  • Integrate field data into computer applications relevant to forest engineering and operations.
  • Recommend appropriate road construction equipment and techniques for given conditions.
  • Discuss considerations for road location, design and construction that will minimize environmental impacts.
  • Demonstrate current practices for managing surface water for the design and installation of minor drainage structures.
  • Identify the types and characteristics of the different harvest methods employed in the forest industry. State the applications and limitation of different harvest methods, in terms of environment impacts, safety, economics and visual quality.
  • Describe raw forest product transportation systems, focusing on road transportation from landing to dump.
  • Identify harvesting opportunities and constraints by applying photo interpretation techniques and interpreting topographic and other resource maps.
  • Describe current legislation and regulation related to forest operations.
  • List the appropriate permits required for road construction and harvesting.
  • Describe the method for determining the Stream Classification of water ways within a proposed harvest area
  • Use design tools to determine the culvert and bridge size, within the limits of a RFT.
  • Prepare a simplified harvest plan related to forest harvesting.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

FNAM 3500 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Forest and Natural Areas Management
    Full-time   Diploma


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