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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5071889, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0062, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST OPERATIONS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/09 Agricultural Mechanics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

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

Prerequisites: The student must possess knowledge of physics, chemistry, ecology, silviculture
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course the student acquires the following knowledge and skills:
understand the peculiarities of forest work and consider the limits related to forest operations
know the basics of work safety applied in forestry
consider the impact of the use of different equipment on the health of the operator
recognize the main products obtainable from forest utilization and describe the characteristics with appropriate technical terminology
know the forest equipment and their methods of use
evaluate the interactions between the equipment and the main components of the forest environment and propose solutions that minimize impacts, with main emphasis to RIL (Reduced Impact Logging)
be able to plan the processes for the logging of wood forest products from the falling site to the processing plants
be able to prepare a written technical report
communicate the knowledge acquired through oral presentations in public
Examination methods: The verification of knowledge and expected skills is carried out with an exam that consists in the preparation of a technical report related to an intervention in a forest environment chosen by the student and in its presentation in PowerPoint format. Main elements of the presentation are: description of the area and of the forest, definition of the wood product obtainable by the forest exploitation, analysis of the road network, identification of the forest exploitation system, performance of the forest exploitation system, analysis of the environmental impacts connecte to the intervention.
The presentation time is 20 minutes
The final vote is expressed as the average of the evaluation on the two parts of the examination
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria used to verify the knowledge and skills acquired are: the completeness of the technical report and presentation report, the rationality of the technical solutions adopted, the clarity of the technical report and presentation, the mastery of the presented topics
Course unit contents: Forestry wood products; forestry wood supply chains: forest work features; safety and health in forest work. Cutting operations: guiding principles and recommended practices in tree felling, trimming and crosscutting ; risk assessment and protection of forestry workers. Ground-based extraction operations: guiding principles and recommended practices (extraction with chutes, extraction with ground-skidding, extraction with forwarder). Aerial extraction operations: guiding principles and recommended practices (extraction with cable systems; extraction with helicopter). Off-road transport: guiding principles and recommended practices (transport with trailer and forwarder). Material handling and on-road transportation: guiding principles and recommended practices (loading and unloading with crane and transport with truck)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is taught partly by lectures and partly through laboratory activities during which they the technical and operational issues of the different forest exploitation systems are analyzed. A practical activity is provided to be carried out in a forest area, during which the elements to analyze a system of mechanization in the operating environment are provided
Additional notes about suggested reading: Copy of PowerPoint presentations in .pdf format is available from the beginning of the course
The lecturing material is available at (Moodle Platform of the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine School)
The teacher receives students in his own office (Dept. TESAF, building 1, third floor, room 075) by appointment via e-mail
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Dykstra D.P. and Heinrich R., FAO Model code of forest harvesting practice. Roma: FAO, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo