Course code MežZ2044

Credit points 3

Forest Work and Machinery III

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Number of hours for laboratory classes8

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation30.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Forest Utilisation

Course developers


Aleksandrs Saveļjevs

Dr. sc. ing.

author lect.

Māris Davidāns

Mg. sc. ing.

author Meža izmantošanas katedra

Ziedonis Sarmulis

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

MežZ1015, Forest Work and Machinery I

MežZ1016, Forest Work and Machinery II

Course abstract

TThe course introduces with the technology, machinery and other working means, which in Latvia and elsewhere are used in forest regeneration, in tending young trees, in the preparation of energy wood raw material from the logging residues, or from retrievable trees in forest tending cuttings, or during the forest infrastructure maintenance, or from tree parts, obtained during forest regeneration, as well as with the technology in timber log yard operations execution, including possible wood primary processing.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

SStudents get:
• Knowledge of technology and the corresponding working means for forest renewal and care, preparation of energy wood raw materials, pre-treatment of wood and landing works; (test)
• Skills to analyse technological developments and calculate performance indicators for forest recovery, care, energy-wood raw materials preparation, timber pre-treatment and landing works under certain conditions; (practical work)
• Competencies - capable of supporting proposals for the introduction of a technological option to implement in specific circumstances where forest recovery, care, preparation of energy wood raw materials, pre-treatment of timber or landing works are to be carried out (practical work).

Course Content(Calendar)

1 Soil Preparation Technology and Machines for Forest Renewal. (2 lectures, 1. practical work)
2. Technology and machines to promote the natural recovery of the forest (2 lectures, 1 practical work)
3. Technology and machinery for sowing and planting forest (2 lectures, 1 practical work)
4. Agricultural engineering technology for forest crops and plantations. (2 lectures, 1 practical work)
5. Technology and tools for grooming young people. (2 lectures, 1 practical work)
6. Technology and tools for guarding and protecting young stands. (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
7. Growing tree pruning technology and work features. (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
8. Technological options for preparing energy wood raw materials (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
9. Technology for preparing energy wood from harvesting residues. (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
10. Technology for preparing energy wood. (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
11. Technology for preparing energy wood in plantations (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
12. Machines for energy wood preparation (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
13. Ways and characteristics of timber landings (2 lectures, 1 laboratory work)
14. Main jobs and auxiliary works in timber landing sites (2 lectures, 1 practical work)
15. Technological planning and technical equipment for timber cutters (2 lectures, 1 practical work)
16. Machines and technology at timber landing sites.(2 lectures, 1 seminar)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Reports, seminars and a positive test should be completed.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent preparation for the control of knowledge by studying special literature and using the learning resources available in the e-study environment within the study course.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Score on the 10-party scale, arithmetic mean of the assessment of practical works and seminars and laboratory works, and tests that have been performed positively.

Compulsory reading

1. Saliņš Z. Mežs - Latvijas nacionālā bagātība. Jelgava: Autora izd., 2002. 248 lpp.
4. Vasiļevskis A. Vispārīgas ziņas par kokmateriālu pirmapstrādes ražotni: lekcija. Jelgava, LLU, 2002. 36 lpp.
2. Saliņš Z. Mežizstrādes tehnoloģija. Jelgava. 1997. 78 lpp.
3. Sarmulis Z. Cirsmu tehnoloģiskais plānojums mežizstrādē. Jelgava: LLU Meža izmantošanas katedra, 2006. 45 lpp.
4.Davidāns M., Saveļjevs A., Strūbergs A., Traktortehnika meža darbos. Jelgava, 2019, Studentu biedrība Šalkone, 140 lpp.

Further reading

1. Uusitalo J. Introduction to Forest Operations and Technology. JVP Forest Systems, 2010. 287 p.
2. Жуков А.В., Федоренчик А.С., Коробкин В.А., Бычок А.Н. Лесные машины. Минск: БГТУ, 2001. 149 c.
3. Pēšons P.Ē. Mežizstrādes darbi komandā. 1. un 2.daļa. Tulkojums Staņa K. CO Print EU. 2012.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Baltijas Koks. ISSN 1407-6667
2. Meža Avīze. ISSN 1407-6187
3. SkogForsk Results. ISSN 1103-6222


The study course is included in the compulsory part of the professional higher education bachelor's study program "Forest Engineer" of the Faculty of Forestry