Matthias Schick: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Name Prof. Dr. Matthias Schick
(Professor Universität Hohenheim - Stuttgart)
ETH Zürich, EHB F 22.1
Eschikon 27
8315 Lindau
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

751-8001-00LAgricultural Engineering I2 credits2VM. Schick, M. Sax
AbstractPresentation of basics in planning of agricultural buildings, work economics. This lecture forms the basis for the ‘Agrartechnik II’ course (indoor and outdoor work processes).
ObjectiveMain objectives: The students acquire comprehensive functional knowledge about agricultural engineering systems (including construction) enabling them to plan and assess the use of those systems in practice.


Basics in agricultural construction will show that a professional implementation of functional, animal-friendly, environmentally sound (and economically advantageous) construction of buildings is feasible.

Profound knowledge of planning tools based on work economics will help the students to correctly plan the substitution of agricultural work by efficient technical solutions.
ContentPart 1: Agricultural building
- Basics of structural engineering. Dimensioning of simple supported and cantilevered beams and roof structures. Tension, compression, bending.
- Evaluation of typical roof structures in agricultural buildings.
- Loads: snow, wind, dead and live loads
- Physical properties of building materials: timber, steel, concrete.
- Reinforcement of concrete
- Heat and vapour transfer in building materials. Calculation of insulation, heat transfer in simple building parts.
- Laws, regulations and recommendations for rural buildings. Animal and environmental protection. Landscape.
- Housing systems for cattle, pigs, poultry, horses
- Storage plants for slurry, manure, feed.
- Planning. Space and functioning programme, building concepts, financing, permit of building, detailed plans, contractors
- Planning and designing exercice.

P.S.: Indoor work processes: 'Agrartechnik II' spring term 2009

Part 2: Work economics
- work-economics-related guiding figures (time measurements, statistical processing, data recording using a work diary, sources of work-economics-related planning data, application for 'Agroscope FAT' machine costs lists, 'LBL' planning basics, etc.)
- working time models (work and production process level, process comparisons, process optimisation through growth and/or specialising of farm, cooperation with others, work productivity) including PROOF model to calculate time consumption off different procedures
- 'Agroscope FAT' (agricultural research station in Tänikon) work budget (integration of modules in entire farm, available field work days and weather risk, farm management-related work and special tasks, use of a detailed or global work budget, comparison of target and actual situation in terms of work economics

P.S.: Outdoor mechanisation: 'Agrartechnik II' spring term 2009