British Columbia Institute of

Important Notice: COVID-19 Institute response


FNAM 3500 - Forest Engineering and Operations

Forest & Natural Areas Mgt Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

To support you and your education, BCIT is adapting applied learning in formats appropriate to the unfolding global situation. All PTS classes are being delivered in an online format unless you are notified otherwise.

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



This course isn't currently offered through BCIT Part-time Studies. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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


Interested in being notified about future offerings of FNAM 3500 - Forest Engineering and Operations? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

Contact Information

Suggest course days and times

If you are interested in taking this course on-campus (classroom delivery only) and would like to see it offered on specific days and/or at specific times, please indicate your preferences below. Day and time suggestions are not applicable to online courses.

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Information Access and Privacy.

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Find Courses

English Language Proficiency

BCIT's Part-time Studies English Language Proficiency Standard is English 12 (or equivalency). Students who do not meet this requirement should upgrade their English skills prior to any future registration.

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Course Navigation, Related Links & Tools

Registration News

Registration is currently open for the Fall 2020 term.

The sneak preview for the Winter 2021 term starts Fri, Oct 23 at 8:30 am (PDT).

Students may register for Winter 2021 term courses online or by phone starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT).

Classroom Locations

Classroom locations are subject to last minute changes. Please check the Part-time Studies Classroom Locations listing at on the first day of any course you are registered for.

Part-time Studies Financial Aid

Will you be studying at BCIT part-time? Do you need assistance funding your studies? Find out if you qualify for Part-time Studies financial aid.