Course code MežZ2037

Credit points 2

Timber Transportation

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation03.11.2020

Responsible UnitDepartment of Forest Utilisation

Course developer

author lect.

Mareks Millers

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

MežZ1015, Forest Work and Machinery I

MatZ3018, Wood Commoditis Science

Course abstract

The study course provides the basic concepts of timber transport system and its development trends. Deals with auto vehicle types and division, as well as operating characteristics. Analysed road vehicle use technical indicators exploitative, freight flows, routes. It discusses the types of loads and loading, unloading, they used for loading and unloading machinery and equipment.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of timber transport complex of the common characteristics of the modes of cooperation and coordination of activities, road vehicle use exploitative technical indicators, types of cargo and cargo loading and unloading operations.(test)
Skills to apply theoretical knowledge in timber transport process analysis, planning and organizing for a lower cost, time and quality conforming to provide consumers with the timber.(test)
Knowledge students have competence to work as logging compartment master or logistic specialist.(test)

Course Content(Calendar)

. Basic concepts of transport system (lecture 2 hours).
2. Types of transport and their features (lecture 2 hours).
3. Road transport rolling stock (lecture 2 hours).
4. Vehicle classification criteria and bodywork types ( 4 hours).
5. Trucks (lecture 2 hours).
6. Vehicle compositions (lecture 1 hours).
7. Vehicle connection (coupling) types (lecture 2 hours)).1.test.
8. Trailer systems (lecture 2 hours).
9. Specialised rolling stock (lecture 1 hours).
10. Vehicles – dumpers (lecture 2 hour).
11. Vehicles – self-unload (lecture 2 hour).
12. Vehicles – self-load (lecture 1 hour).
13. Vehicles with interchangeable cargo holdings (lecture 1 hour).
14. Organisation of rolling stock movement in timber transport (lecture 2 hours)
15. Technically economic indicators of timber transport ( 4 hours).
16. CO2 emissions for trucks (lecture 2 hours). 2.test.

Requirements for awarding credit points

All practical works, written tests and settled exams must be developed. If all tests are written with a rating of 4 balls and more, students can get an accumulative exam rating, as an average of the test ratings.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Studies of regulatory enactments regulating round timber transport.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Student knowledge is evaluated in two tests:
• Test 1 – Transport system and vehicle classification;
• Test 2 – Special rolling stock and organisation of its movement, technically economic indicators

Compulsory reading

1. Truslis V. Specializētais ritošais sastāvs. Mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, 2007. 100. lpp.
2. Birzietis, G., Kunkule, D. Transporta ekonomika. Jelgava: LLU, 2007. 81 lpp.
3. Johnson J.C., Wood D.F. Contemporary transportation. 5th ed. Upper SaddleRiver; NJ: Prentice-Hall International, 1996. 603 p.

Further reading

Birzietis, G., Kunkule, D. Transporta ekonomika. Jelgava: LLU, 2007. 81 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Baltijas koks, ISSN 1407-6667
2. SkogForsk Results, ISSN 1103-6222
3. Meža avīze, ISSN 1407–6187


The study course is included in the compulsory part of full-time and part-time studies of the professional higher education bachelor study program “Forest Engineer” of the Faculty of Forestry.