2017-2018 / FORE0015-2



8h Th, 16h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Philippe Lejeune

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Presentation of main forest harvesting systems used throughout the world. Attention is paid to - interaction between environment constraints and equipments; - improvement of wood supply chain (new technologies); - safety measures in forest harvesting. 1. Introduction 2. Harvesting systems and methods 3. Harvesting equipments 4. Harvesting productivity and costing 5. Forest roads

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After completing the course the student is expected to : - understand the concepts harvesting methods and harvesting systems; - be able to identify the factors affecting the selection of a harvesting system; - be able to recognize the most common equipments used in mechanized forest harvesting and to know their main functionalities; - be able to estimate the productivity and calculate the profitability of a forest harvesting system; - be able to set up safety concepts in forest harvesting operations (safety equipment, risk factors, ..).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in silviculture

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Lectures : 8 h Exercices : 4 h
Field practical session : 3h Personal assignment : 9 h

Recommended or required readings

- The support of the lectures will be distributed through MyULG
- ARMEF [1993]. Manuel d'exploitation forestière (tome 1). ARMEF, CTBA, 442 p.
- ARMEF [1994]. Manuel d'exploitation forestière (tome 2). ARMEF, CTBA, 415 p.

Assessment methods and criteria

- personnal report (50 %)
- written knowledge test (50 %)

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Lejeune, Philippe (Professeur) Forest and Nature Management 081 622296