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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078905, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST TRANSPORTATION
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge RAFFAELE CAVALLI AGR/09
Other lecturers STEFANO GRIGOLATO AGR/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/09 Agricultural Mechanics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 4.0 32 68.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 GRIGOLATO STEFANO (Presidente)
CAVALLI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 GRIGOLATO STEFANO (Presidente)
CAVALLI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of silviculture system, forest management and economics of forest resources. A basic and applied knowledge on Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis is also strongly suggested to successfully participate to the laboratory activity related to the planning and design of transportation infrastructure to support environmentally sound forest operations.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire awareness and understanding of the analysis and the design principles of the forest engineering to the transport of wood and/or forest biomass from the harvesting site to the processing site.
The course will thus expand the competence and practical experience of the student on 1) planning and design of forest road network and on 2) planning environmentally sound forest transport. The students will face in particular with transportation systems typically of the mountainous region.
The scientific-technical competences on forest transportation acquired during the course will be complemented by an effective skill on GIS and design software acquired during the laboratory activity.
Examination methods: The examination consists in:
- A presentation of a case study on forest road network planning and / or on a forest road design project (Module 1)
- A presentation of a case study on a design project on a cable crane line (Module 2)
- Evaluation of the comprehension of the course subjects (Modules 1 and 2)
Assessment criteria: Participation: active attitude in lectures and during class exercises and laboratory activity
Program: knowledge of the topics, capacity to present and discuss them in a critical way, to place them in the correct context and to understand logic relationships with other topics of the course and, in general, with the other disciplines
Case study: capacity to apply appropriate methodologies for the analysis of the case study and on the ability to explain the appropriate solution/s
Course unit contents: Over the last years, considerable efforts have been made in refining and improving forest transportation practices to support environmentally sound forest operations. The planning and the design of the forest transportation infrastructures and systems as well as the related harvesting techniques are key elements to meet not only economic return, but also to encounter environmental challenges (such as reduction of GHG emissions, erosion control, biodiversity conservation…) of the forest operations.
During the course, the students will acquire the awareness and understanding on the meaning of sustainable forest transportation through the learning and the practice on the following specific two modules:

Module 1 (CFU 5; Teacher in charge: Stefano Grigolato): Forest accessibility and Forest road network (5 CFU)
• Meaning of the forest accessibility and forest road network
• Introduction to the forest transportation network planning
• Introduction to the design of a forest road
• Practice in GIS and Road design laboratory
• Transportation technologies and systems in trafficable terrain
• Potential environmental disturbance and best practices
• Practice in transportation system in trafficable terrain (field activity)

Module 2 (CFU 4; Teacher in charge: Raffaele Cavalli):
• Transportation technologies and systems in non-trafficable terrain
• Introduction to the planning and design of the cable logging systems
• Potential environmental disturbance and best practices
• Practice in transportation system in cable logging systems (field activity)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching and learning methods include lecture-based input; discussions; reading assignments; field practice activity; practice in GIS and Design laboratory; activity in small teams.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures, readings (such as key scientific articles and handbook) and resources (laboratory exercise and example data) will be posted on the course webpage at the Moodle platform of the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine School of the University (see:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • RoaEng, QGIS

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action