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Estimating capital and operational costs of backhoe shovels.

1. Introduction

Earthmoving operations are an important part of construction and mining projects, and mainly include excavation, loading, site preparation, embankment construction, compacting, backfilling, surfacing and hauling. These operations are equipment-intensive, characterized by the development of large fleets (Hassanien, Moselhi 2002). Earthmoving is therefore often one of the most important operations in many mining and construction projects in terms of its effect on costs and productivity (Gransberg et al. 2006; Tatari, Skibniewski 2006; Park et al. 2010).

The owning and operation of these equipment fleets represent a considerable part of the early costs for large contractors involved in heavy construction engineering and mining projects (Skibniewski, Armijos 1990; Fan et al. 2008). Moreover, machine owners seek to minimize the cost of operation by optimum selection of the equipment (Zavadskas, Vilutiene 2006). Consequently, it is a main concern of equipment managers to limit and reduce the overall cost of this task. Their responsibilities include selecting and optimizing the equipment fleet, as well as reducing the cost and optimizing productivity.

In equipment planning for an earthmoving operation, a decision should be made on what machines to employ in the operation. Most assessment utilise an average operting cost over the life of the equipment (Noakes, Lanz 1993). In making such a decision, many interactions between engineering and economic considerations must be taken into account. The process of selecting appropriate machines, however, can generally follow a decisionmaking path with the individual steps of selection of the type and model of the machine, determination of the number of machines and choice of the most appropriate machine.

The decision-maker should consider all the alternatives, as well as the project specification and economic issues, in order to choose the most appropriate loading equipment fleet. This decision has a significant impact on the results of the feasibility study. Therefore, managers need to have an accurate and simple cost estimation tool to select the most suitable equipment fleet, which will meet production targets and minimize overall cost (Twort, Rees 2004).

The selection and evaluation of material handling equipment is a complex procedure that requires working knowledge and experience of the techniques of cost estimation as well as knowledge of equipment management, because the work of providing cost evaluations needs the manager to be familiar with equipment management to present precise cost estimations.

In the first stages of mining and construction project evaluation, no adequate estimation of expenses is possible, because access to an expert who is knowledgeable in both equipment management and cost estimation is not simple, adequate data is not available, and many different alternatives need to be considered. Moreover, this evaluation is time consuming and costly. Accordingly, an accurate and rapid estimation tool is beneficial for equipment managers.

A variety of equipment can be used in material handling operations. Based on its operational function, earthmoving equipment can be classified as loading (excavating) and hauling machines and some types of machines can function as both (Nichols, Day 1999). Cable shovels, hydraulic shovels, wheel loaders and backhoe shovels are the most common equipment used in loading operations.

The level of detail required in any assessment can be dependent on many factors, such as management guidelines, data source and evaluation time and budget (Noakes, Lanz 1993). It is important that the desired or necessary level of details as well as data source are clarified, prior to proceeding with cost estimation.

Backhoe shovels are very popular for digging, loading and flattening operations. In this paper, two different cost models for backhoe shovels are presented, based on uni-variable exponential (UVER) and multi-variable linear regression (MVLR). The UVER cost model is useful for quick cost estimation at the early stages of a project. This model is particularly suited for making quick cost estimates where only one specific design parameter is available. While the MVLR, based on principal component analysis (PCA), is suitable for detailed estimates at the feasibility study stage.

In order to demonstrate the capabilities of proposed cost estimation models, a case example of a real world project was performed using a particular project's conditions. The estimated costs are compared with those of the actual project records.

2. Literature review

A number of models have been established in attempts to shortcut the construction and mining cost estimating process (Table 1). These relate the cost to certain factors in a process or a unit. In these models, machine capacity usually has been used as independent variables in univariate functions (Mular, Poulin 1998; Camm 1994; O'Hara, Suboleski 1992). For instance, the cost of an excavator may be related to its bucket capacity. The relationship may be expressed in a formula or a graph. Some of these models are old, and therefore subject to modern review. Moreover, as the capital or operating cost models are univariable, the roles of the other effective parameters have simply been disregarded. Multivariate cost estimation models, on the basis of up-to-date data, will overcome these shortcomings.

3. Data and method

3.1. Data

32 different sizes of backhoe shovels, working in construction and mining projects in the United States are considered and their economic data as well as machine specifications are considered (InfoMine 2007, 2010). The economic data are classified into two types, as capital (CC) and operating costs (OC). The CC is based on the US dollar (2010) while the OC is based on US dollars per hour. The operating costs items include overhaul (parts and labor), maintenance (parts and labor), power, lubrication and wear on parts (the cost of the operator's time is not included here) and the technical parameters are bucket size (BS), digging depth (DD), dumping height (DH), weight (W) and power (HP) (Noakes, Lanz 1993). The average and standard deviation of all the parameters and data ranges are given in Table 2.

The statistical analysis is applied and the results confirm the normal distribution of different variables, but a significant correlation is observed between independent variables (Eq. (1)):

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (1)

One of the key assumptions of linear regression analysis is that there is no multi-collinearity (mutual correlation) among the independent variables of the regression model (Sharma 1996). In multiple regression, one of the major diffculties with the usual least squares estimators is the problem of multi-collinearity, which occurs when there are near-constant linear functions of two or more of the predictor, or regressor, variables (Gunst 1983). When highly correlated explanatory parameters are used in a MVLR model, multi-collinearity causes unstable prediction of regression coefficients, numerical inaccuracies in calculating the estimates of regression coefficients, inaccurate rejection of parameters and statistical imprecision (Jennrich 1995). Consequently, the present correlation should be considered and eliminated before applying the MVLR (Gujarati 2003).

3.2. Research framework

This paper presents two different cost models for backhoe shovels. Figure 1 shows a normal material loading operation using a backhoe shovel and dump truck.

These models help the cost estimators to make a quick and up-to-date estimation of capital and operating costs with an acceptable level of accuracy for the different stages of the feasibility study. The first model estimates the costs based on the bucket size of the backhoes, using the UVER technique.

The second model is useful for in-depth estimations, and estimates the costs as functions of different specification parameters of backhoe shovels, including the bucket size (BS), digging depth (DD), dump height (DH), power (HP) and weight (W) of the machine. This model is presented using MVLR, based on PCA.

The PCA technique can be used to eliminate the correlation between independent variables. This is attained by transforming the original variables into a new set of variables, called the Principal Components (PCs). A PC is a weighted linear combination of all the original variables, which is uncorrelated with the other PCs. PCs are ordered so that the first few preserve most of the variation in all of the initial parameters. The direction of highest variance of the independent variables is represented by the first PC (PC1). The direction of the second highest variance (PC2) would be orthogonal to PC1 and the contribution of the PCs to the overall variation decreases from step to step. PCs are orthogonal by definition, so any pair of PCs will have zero correlation. The variance of the data in the corresponding PCs is represented by the eigenvalues, and the eigenvector of each PC is equal to the loading on it (Jolliffe 1986). PCs are used in conjunction with a variety of other statistical techniques. One area in which this activity has been extensive is regression analysis. In this hybrid method, the values obtained by PCA are used as inputs in the MVLR.

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The selection of a subset of PCs to use as independent variables of MVLR depends on the nature of the data. The main objective in many applications of PCA is to replace the elements of original variables by a much smaller number of PCs, which nevertheless discard only a small amount of the variation of the original variables and useful information. In these cases the number of PCs selected to use as independent variables in the MVLR is an important issue. But, in the cases in which the major objective of using the PCA technique is to solve the problem of multi-collinearity, all PCs can be contributed to the MVLR model (Jolliffe 1986). Concerning the present study, all scores obtained from the PCA technique are used as regressor variables in the MVLR model. Performing the MVLR, the relationship between costs (as dependent variables) and PCs (as independent variables) are established.

In order to estimate the cost as a function of the original variables, the eigenvectors of the correlation matrix are multiplied in MVLR coefficients (B coefficients). Since, when applying the PCA technique, all the variables are standardized, it is necessary to transform them to their initial positions with actual means and standard deviations as follow:

[x.sup.*] = (x - m) / sd, (2)

where: [x.sup.*] is the standardized value of the original variable (x) and m and sd represent the mean and standard deviation of x.

To assess the performance of the models, the Mean Absolute Error Rates (MAER) of different functions are calculated as follows (Kim et al. 2004):

MAER = [[summation] [absolute value of ([C.sub.e] - [C.sub.a]) / [C.sub.a]].100] / n, (3)

where: Ce is the estimated backhoe shovel cost, Ca is the actual backhoe shovel cost, and n is the number of data.

4. Results

4.1. Univariate exponential regression

Applying the UVER, two different sets of functions are developed for estimation of the capital and operating costs of backhoe shovels as functions of different machine specific parameters. The UVER functions are in the form of Y = [a.sup.x][(parameter).sup.m], where Y is the estimated cost. Whereas a and m are constants determined by the regression analysis. Eqs (4) and (5) show UVER functions to calculate capital and operating costs as functions of bucket size of backhoe shovels and the relationships are expressed as graphs in Figs 2 and 3.

CC($) = 34076 x [BS.sup.0.932], [R.sup.2] = 95.0%; (4)

OC($/h) = 32.91x [BS.sup.0.765], [R.sup.2] = 93.7%. (5)

The following equations show UVER functions based on the other backhoe shovel specification parameters:

CC($) = 164.3 x [DD.sup.4.256], [R.sup.2] = 68.6%; (6)

CC($) = 435.8 x [DH.sup.3.698], [R.sup.2] = 85.1%; (7)

CC($) = 4.279 x [W.sup.1.096], [R.sup.2] = 97.1%; (8)

CC($) = 878.2 x [HP.sup.1.176], [R.sup.2] = 93.9%; (9)

OC($/h) = 0.091 x [DD.sup.3.340], [R.sup.2] = 74.8%; (10)

OC($/h) = 0.079 x [DH.sup.3.268], [R.sup.2] = 85.4%; (11)

OC($/h) = 0.003 x W0.893, [R.sup.2] = 94.5%; (12)

OC($/h) = 0.238 x [HP.sup.0.971], [R.sup.2] = 93.7%. (13)

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4.2. Multiple regression analysis

Performing the PCA technique on these five backhoe shovel parameters to describe their interrelation pattern, the number of PCs will usually be equal to the number of independent original variables. Table 3 shows the eigenvectors of the correlation matrix that represent the matrix of the weights for the PCs, which demonstrates the relative importance of each standardized parameter in the PC calculations (He, Ma 2010).

The eigenvalue of the correlation matrix is shown in Table 4. There are no multi-collinearities between PCs, because they are uncorrelated, and the regression calculations are also simplified. If all the PCs are submitted to the MVLR, then the outcome is equal to the model attained by least squares, so the significant variances caused by multi-collinearities have not departed. However, estimation of the least squares predictions via MVLR based on PCA may be more stable than common calculation (Flury, Riedwyl 1988). Therefore, in this study all five PCs ware selected as inputs to the MVLR model.

To identify non-significant PCs and derive the best estimation functions for the costs of a backhoe shovel, MVLR is performed on the PC scores using stepwise variable selection procedures (Sousa et al. 2007). Tables 5 and 6 summarize the results of the MVLR model on the capital and operating costs of these equipments, respectively. The regression coefficients of PCs are highlighted in the "B" Column. The "Beta" coefficients are the standardized regression coefficients. It is important to note that the advantage of "Beta" coefficients in comparison with "B" coefficients is that their magnitudes facilate the assessment of the relative contribution of each PC in the estimation function. As indicated in Tables 5 and 6, PC is the most effective variable in the cost functions (with regard to "Beta" coefficient). A t-Test is used to assess the significance of the regression coefficients. The significant variables are given in bold in Tabes 5 and 6. Eqs (14) and (15) show the relationships between costs and PCs:

CC($) = -1648260 x [PC.sub.1] - 1516023 x [PC.sub.2] - 973745 x [PC.sub.3] + 3690728; (14)

OC($ / h) = -86.305 x [PC.sub.1] - 62.27 x [PC.sub.2] + 220.229. (15)

Table 7 summarizes the coefficients of determination for the models. As can be observed in the "R-square" (the coefficient of determination) column in Table 7, about 96.37% of variation in the operating cost of backhoe shovels is explained by the proposed MVLR model. R-square has a weakness; each additional variable used in the equation will, at least, result in a higher R-Square, even when the new variable causes the equation to become less efficient. The adjusted R-Square (adj [R.sup.2]) value is an attempt to correct this shortcoming by adjusting both the numerator and the denominator of R-square by their respective degrees of freedom (Gujarati 2003). It is adjusted by dividing the error sum and total sums of squares through their respective degrees of freedom (Eq. (16)) (Gujarati 2003):

adj[R.sup.2] = 1 - [(Res SS / df) / (Total SS / df)], (16)

where Res SS is the error sums of squares, the Total SS is the total sums of squares and df is their respective degree of freedom.

The eigenvectors of the correlation matrix (Table 3) are multiplied by the "B" coefficient calculated using MVLR (Tables 5 and 6) to obtain the costs as functions of the original variables. Then the new standardized coefficients are transformed to their initial position, by Eq. (2). The final MVLR cost estimation functions are presented as follows:

CC = 81770BS + 110325DD - 186064DH + 5.946W + 1786.3HP + 129073; (17)

OC = 4.99BS - 1.193DD + 3.554DH + 0.00028W + 0.067HP-10.69. (18)

The estimated costs can be updated as follows:

[C.sub.x] - ([I.sub.x] x [C.sub.2010])/[I.sub.2010], (19)

where C indicates cost and x and I are proposed year and cost index, respectively.

4.3. Model performance

In this study, each model's performance is measured with the MAER, which was determined with Eq. (3). The MAER obtained from the UVER and MVLR models for cost estimation functions are presented in Table 8. As is observed, the MAER values are smaller for the multiple regression analyses for both the capital and the operating costs, therefore, by using MVLR functions the capital and operating costs can be estimated with a error no more that 13.85% and 11.44% in cases of capital and operating costs, respectively, while these bounds for UVER functions is about 19.49 and 20.89 for capital and operating costs, respectively.

5. Case example

Sungun Copper Mine is located in East Azerbijan province approximately 125 Km east of the city of Tabriz is one of the main copper deposits of Iran. Feasibility studies were shown that open pit mining technique is the most appropriate method for Sungun Copper Mine (Bazzazi et al. 2009). By using open-pit method, the waste to ore ratio in this mine will be 1.8:1 and an amount of 384 million tons of ore with 0.665 percentage of copper grade can be mined. Total Sungun Copper Mine's life is evaluated to be 31 years with an annual production of 7 million tons in the first 5 years and 14 million tons for the remaining 26 years (Karan Darya Co. 2011). Fig. 4 shows the location map of Sungun Copper complex.

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The site preparation project for Sungun Copper Complex, including over burden removal, access-road construction and smelter complex site preparation began in the fourth quarter of 2010. The site plan of the project has been shown in Fig. 5.

This project needs about 1.3 million m3 of excavation and overburden removal operation including soil and rocky soil removal operations. The equipment fleet used in this project is listed in Table 9.

Table 10 lists the model, number and specification of backhoe shovels used in this project.

MVLR model has been used to estimate operational cost of backhoe shovels. Table 11 shows the estimated cost of each machine by using proposed MVLR model vs. the actual operational costs calculated from in site operations as well as the calculated MAER values.

Regarding to the number of backhoe shovels used in the project, the total operational cost of backhoe shovel fleet is estimated about 483.78 US$/hour, while the actual in site operational cost of these equipment is recorded as 523.34 US$/hour.

6. Conclusions

The objective of this paper was to establish reliable cost estimating models for backhoe shovels which are popular for material handling in mining and construction projects. For this, regression techniques have been adopted due to the mathematical background and their explanatory values. Based on the collected data, two cost estimation models in the form of uni-variable exponential regression (UVER) and multi-variable linear regression (MVLR) have been developed. These models are quick, easy and accurate tools and can be useful for making accurate decisions about the size of the loading equipment fleet in construction and mining projects. The UVER model presents a rough estimate suitable for preliminary cost estimations while the MVLR model is more detailed with reasonable accuracy and can be appropriate for detailed estimates in feasibility studies.

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the support and hard work of M. Eng. Hassanzadeh as well as the other managers of Sungun Copper Complex who were instrumental in the successful delivery of the case example referred to in this work. In addition we would like to note that the reviewers made very useful and objective comments that helped improve the final manuscript; their input is very much appreciated.

doi: 10.3846/13923730.2012.692705

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Ahmad Reza Sayadi (1), Ali Lashgari (2), Mohammad Majid Fouladgar (3), Miroslaw J. Skibniewski (4)

(1,2) Department of Mining Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

(3) Graduated from Tarbiat Modares University, Fateh Research Group, Tehran, Iran

(4) Department of Management, Bialystok University of Technology, 16-001 Kleosin, Poland

E-mails: (1) sayadi@modares.ac.ir (corresponding author); (2) ali.lashgari@gmail.com; (3) manager@fatehidea.com; 4mirek@umd.edu

Received 18 Jun. 2011; accepted 21 Sept. 2011

Ahmad Reza SAYADI. Faculty member and past head of the Department of in Mining Engineering at Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran, Iran. He has a PhD in Techniques and Economy of Mining. His research interests include mining economics, feasibility study, heavy equipment management and risk assessment. He is author or coauthor of over 50 publications on a wide range of topics in mining engineering.

Ali LASHGARI. Master of Science at the Department of Mining Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. He is author of more than 15 journal and conference papers in the last couple of years. His interests include construction economics and management, heavy equipment management, feasibility studies, cost estimation and equipment maintenance and operation.

Mohammad Majid FOULADGAR. Master of Science in the Dept of Strategic Management, Manager of Fateh Reaserch Group, Tehran-Iran. Author of 10 research papers. In 2007 he graduated from the Science and Engineering Faculty at Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran-Iran. His interests include decision support system, water resource, and forecasting.

Miroslaw J. SKIBNIEWSKI. A. J. Clark Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Project Management at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA and Visiting Professor, Dept. of Management, Bialystok University of Technology, Poland. His research interests include construction equipment operations, construction information technologies and construction automation. He is past President of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction, and author or coauthor of over 200 publications on a wide range of topics in construction engineering and management.

Table 1. The various applications of construction and mining cost
estimation

    Proposed by           Year                 Application

Hwang                     2011      Prediction of cost indexes for
                                    construction projects using time
                                    series

Asmar et al.              2011      Estimation of highway project
                                    costs using project evaluation and
                                    review technology

Thal et al.               2010      Prediction of the required cost
                                    contingency for air force
                                    construction projects, using
                                    multiple linear regression

Sayadi et al.            2010a      Estimating maintenance cost of
                                    loading and hauling equipment
                                    using multiple linear regression

Sayadi et al.            2010b      Estimation of hoisting equipment
                                    cost for underground mines

Sonmez and Ontepeli       2009      Cost estimation of urban railway
                                    projects

R.S. Means Company        2005      Presenting cost data for all
                                    phases of building construction

Wilmot and Mei            2005      Estimation of highway construction
                                    costs indexes using neural network

Pratt                     2004      Pricing construction equipment

Mular                     1982      Estimation of capital costs of
                                    mining and mineral processing
                                    equipment using

Mular and Poulin          1998      UVER method

Camm                   1991, 1994   Development of UVER cost functions
                                    for surface and underground mining

Noakes and Lanz           1993      Estimating the costs of mining and
                                    milling industry, using graphical
                                    or formulation methods

O'Hara and Suboleski      1992      Development of cost formulas as
                                    estimators of capital and
                                    operating costs of mining and
                                    milling

Petrich and Dewey         1987      A computer model which utilizes
                                    O'Hara's cost estimation model

Stebbins                  1987      Using univariate exponential
                                    regression method for small placer
                                    mines cost prediction

USBM                      1987      Estimation of mining and milling
                                    cost items, using regression
                                    analysis

Collier                   1987      Fundamentals of building and
                                    construction estimating and cost
                                    accounting

Mular                     1982      Estimation of mining and milling
                                    costs using regression analysis

O'Hara                 1980 1981    Surface and underground mining
                                    cost estimation using exponential
                                    regression

Infomine (1)            Annually    Cost estimation guide for mine and
                                    mile equipment

(1) Cost.infomine.com

Table 2. Description of data

Parameter                      Min      Max      Mean      St. dev.

Capital cost (CC)      M$     0.113    16.2      3.69        3.67
Operating cost (OC)    $/h    12.14     656     220.23      191.04
Bucket size (BS)      cu m     0.28    39.8      12.61       11.45
Digging depth (DD)      m      4.1     16.2      9.248       2.68
Dump height (DH)        m      5.1     15.9    10.22143     3.16685
Machine weight (W)     ton     8.03     811      240.5       210.6
Power (HP)             hp       54     3800     1109.8      983.16

Table 3. Eigenvector of correlation matrix

                BS        DD        DH         W        HP

[PC.sub.1]    -0.4577   -0.2837   0.2550    -0.1631   0.7864
[PC.sub.2]    -0.4348   0.6541    -0.5865   -0.1340   0.1452
[PC.sub.3]    -0.4430   0.4333    0.6805    0.2903    -0.2620
[PC.sub.4]    -0.4538   -0.3275   -0.0078   -0.6497   -0.5145
[PC.sub.5]    -0.4463   -0.4434   -0.3576   0.6701    -0.1648

Table 4. Eigenvalue of correlation matrix

             Eigenvalue     Total      Cumulative   Cumulative
                          Variance %   Eigenvalue       %

[PC.sub.1]      4.61        92.14         4.61        92.14
[PC.sub.2]      0.21         4.22         4.82        96.36
[PC.sub.3]      0.11         2.16         4.93        98.52
[PC.sub.4]      0.06         1.18         4.99        99.70
[PC.sub.5]      0.01         0.30         5.00        100.00

Table 5. Regression summary for capital cost ($) for backhoe shovel

                 Beta      Std. Error        B
                             of Beta

Intercept                                 3690728
[PC.sub.1]    -0.964430     0.030784     -1648260
[PC.sub.2]    -0.189797     0.030784     -1516023
[PC.sub.3]    -0.087324     0.030784      -973745
[PC.sub.4]    -0.038305     0.030784      -578859
[PC.sub.5]    -0.010976     0.030784      -330291

              Std. Error      T(26)      P-value
                 of B

Intercept      111147.1      33.2058    0.000000
[PC.sub.1]      52611.3     -31.3290    0.000000
[PC.sub.2]     245890.3      -6.1654    0.000002
[PC.sub.3]     343269.2      -2.8367    0.008716
[PC.sub.4]     465197.5      -1.2443    0.224479
[PC.sub.5]     926394.0      -0.3565    0.724318

Table 6. Regression summary for operating cost ($/h) for backhoe
shovel

               Beta     Std. Error      B
                         of Beta

Intercept                            220.229
[PC.sub.1]    -0.970      0.037      -86.305
[PC.sub.2]    -0.150      0.037      -62.272
[PC.sub.3]    -0.015      0.037       -8.592
[PC.sub.4]     0.014      0.037       11.025
[PC.sub.5]    -0.024      0.037      -37.833

              Std. Error    T(26)     P-value
                 of B

Intercept       7.029       31.331     0.000
[PC.sub.1]      3.327      -25.939     0.000
[PC.sub.2]      15.551      -4.004     0.000
[PC.sub.3]      21.709      -0.396     0.695
[PC.sub.4]      29.420      0.375      0.711
[PC.sub.5]      58.587      -0.646     0.524

Table 7. MVLR coefficients of determination

                  R-square    Adjusted R-square

Capital Cost        0.754           0.9706
Operating Cost     0.9637           0.9567

Table 8. The MAER obtained from the UVER and MVLR

                   UVER     MVLR

Capital Cost      19.49    13.85
Operating Cost    20.89    11.44

Table 9. Equipment fleet used in the project

   Equipment      Number

Backhoe shovel      20
Wheel loader        14
Dozer               17
Truck               62
Grader               4
Compactor            4
Tractor              1
Truck, water         2

Table 10. Backhoe shovels used in the project

Model                 Number     BS       DD       DH       W       HP
                               (cu m)    (m)      (m)     (ton)

Komatsu PC220           5       1.28     6.7     7.035    22.84    168
Komatsu PC200           4       1.17     6.89    6.095    20.63    155
Hyundai 250LC           2       1.07     6.05     6.86    25.49    163
Hyundai 320LC           2       1.14     6.37     7.05      32     237
New Holland E265 BJ     1       1.1      7.01     7.7     28.27    184
New Holland E215        3      1.223     6.7      9.47     21.7    150
  BJ-ST
Daewoo Doosan 230       3       0.92     6.61    6.985     21.5    163

Table 11. Estimated vs. actual operational costs

                          Estimated      Estimated
Model                    operational    operational    MAER (%)
                          cost($/h)      cost ($/h)

Komatsu PC220               24.02          27.18         11.63
Komatsu PC200               19.03          22.24         14.43
Hyundai R250 LC             22.79          24.52         7.05
Hyundai R320 LC             28.41          27.32         3.99
New Holland E265 BJ         26.19          28.93         9.47
New Holland E215 BJ-ST      31.18          29.75         4.81
Daewoo Doosan 230           21.81          25.54         14.60

                         Average MAER:                   9.43%
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