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FNAM 3700 - Fundamentals of Resource Measurements

Forest & Natural Areas Mgt Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course introduces "Measurements" as a discipline for inventory and resource management, for the application at the national, regional and operational levels. Course topics will include the use of standardized principles for the collection of data related to resource values such as vegetation, fish, wildlife, water, bio-energy and cultural values. The course will emphasize the use of Measurements information for the BC appraisal system including: Cruising, Scaling and Waste assessment procedures for Cut Control monitoring. Students are introduced to the use of GIS, modeling software and emerging technologies for Measurement applications to augment traditional field data collection techniques.


MATH 1145 and RENR 1105



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the multi-phase design of the provincial inventory
  • Explain the role of cruising, logging waste surveys and log scaling in the appraisal systems.
  • Describe the provincial cruising procedures
  • Describe the provincial log scaling procedures
  • Describe the provincial logging waste survey procedures
  • List the common “sorts” and “end” products in BC
  • Explain the use and limitation of sampling data
  • Delineate and stratify aerial photos for defined objectives
  • Estimate vegetation attributes using Lidar data
  • Match emerging technologies to defined project objectives
  • Describe the Market Pricing System and the stumpage rate determination process
  • Describe sampling techniques to match specific objectives (i.e.: Double sampling, 3-P sampling, Big Baf/Little BAF)

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

FNAM 3700 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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