Forest Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Welcome to Forest Engineering

Do you want to be a highly skilled engineer in an industry that plays an important economic, social and environmental role in New Zealand? If yes, then forest engineering might be for you! Forest engineers help design, construct and evaluate the operational systems that make the forest industry ‘work’. This can include designing and building new roads and forestry equipment, planning harvest operations, integrating new technologies and optimising transport logistics. It also means looking after the environment. These roles involve the ‘hands-on’ application of engineering skills.

Forest Engineering Video Compendium

Some great forest engineering video clips are available on the web that are really informative as to how our harvesting systems work. We have compiled what we think are really good ones in each of the following categories: General Harvesting, Cable Logging, Ground-based, Cable Asist, Historical. We hope you enjoy them.

6th International Forest Engineering Conference: Quenching our thirst for new knowledge

FEC 2018 Preliminary Programme:
16th - 19th April 2018, Rotorua, New Zealand

Post-Doc aims to improve BMPs for water quality protection at forest road-stream crossings

In January 2015, Dr. Kris Brown started a Post-Doctoral position in the Forest Engineering Department at UC.  He joins Drs. Rien Visser, Hunter Harrill, and Justin Morgenroth in supporting the program through research and teaching (Forest Transportation and Road Design).  Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) at Virginia Tech.  His research focused on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of best management practices (BMPs), such as increasing gravel cover and adding water control structures, to reduce sediment delivery at forest road-stream crossings in the Virginia Piedmont physiographic region, USA.  He stated, “It has been a tremendous experience for me to learn about the design and construction of New Zealand forest roads and stream crossings.  I am excited about the opportunity to teach and perform research aimed at identifying low-cost and practical BMPs that protect water quality and aquatic habitat”.    Forest Road-Stream Crossing
The importance of this research is evidenced by the 2014 National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management, which requires New Zealand’s Regional Councils to adopt stricter rules for water quality protection.  This includes setting limits on sediment loading, which requires a working knowledge of sediment delivery rates from major sources, such as roads, skid tracks, stream crossings and landings.  More stringent water quality standards means that forest growers will be held accountable for negative effects on water quality caused by forest operations.  Dr. Brown’s research aims to present forest growers with effective and affordable options for controlling sediment delivery while maintaining fit-for-purpose roads and complying with water quality regulations.



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‘Forestry Engineering is one of the most interesting and active engineering degrees...’

Weiyi (Tony) Li BE(Hons) in Forest Engineering
Forest Consultant, PF Olsen
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