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College Football Expert Makes Bold College Football Playoff Field Prediction

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first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)USA Today college football handicapper Danny Sheridan joined The Paul Finebaum show on Friday. He wasn’t afraid to let some interesting takes fly.His College Football Playoff field is no different. During the show, he named the four teams that he sees making it.Two will come as no surprise. Alabama and Clemson have appeared in the last three College Football Playoffs, facing off for two national championships, and last year, a semifinal.A third team is also a past Playoff participant: Washington. He likes Jake Browning to lead the Huskies to their second berth in three years.The final team would be a College Football Playoff newcomer. He likes Penn State to “smoke” Ohio State, and represent the Big Ten in the field.Early @CFBPlayoff prediction from @DannySheridan1Alabama, Clemson, Washington & Penn State— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 1, 2018Every year of the College Football Playoff has featured at least one new team.Penn State would fit the bill, and it is hard to argue against the upward trajectory that the Nittany Lions have been on over the last few years. Here’s what he had to say about that Ohio State prediction:“Penn State will definitely be an underdog. They catch Ohio State at home early, in September. Ohio State figures to have their quarterback situation unsettled at that point. I think Penn State will be a slight underdog, maybe two and a half points or three, and I know that will be one my picks and I think Penn State will smoke them. They’re going to pay them back for last year.That is correct, they lost 39-38. I picked them last year to win outright. The year before that, I picked them against Ohio State. I didn’t pick them to win, they did. They covered the spread. But my point is that the last two years, Penn State has been getting better and better and this is the year they’re going to smoke Ohio State.They may lose to Michigan, but they’re going to win the Big Ten. They’ll definitely smoke Ohio State. And that’s not an insult to Ohio State. It’s just hey, welcome to parity in college football.”This would leave the Big 12 on the outside looking in. The conference has been left out twice in the first four years of the system.[ESPN]last_img read more

Micromine aims for productivity gains with Pitram Shift Planner 20

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first_imgThe Pitram Shift Planner 2.0 from software developer Micromine has taken into account user feedback, with the latest version built to reflect the dynamic nature of underground mining operations.The new version, to be released shortly, allows planned work for equipment and mining locations to be divided into small, interdependent tasks or activities, allowing these tasks or activities to be rescheduled or re-allocated in real time during a shift.These tasks are communicated to equipment operators along with expected duration and/or deliverables. The progress of a task is tracked automatically and supervisors are notified when a task is at risk of delay. Dependencies between each task are shown graphically allowing the effect of a delay to be identified and the overall impact on the shift outcome to be known.“This type of functionality reflects the dynamic nature of a mining operation, allowing tasks to be rescheduled or re-allocated in real-time during the shift and allowing a manager or supervisor to determine the best way for the shift to be efficient and productive, despite unexpected delays or occurrences that may have occurred in the shift to date,” Micromine said.Unlike traditional in-shift planning tools that focus on equipment only, Pitram’s Shift Planner monitors the production or development cycle at each location ensuring equipment units are not held up due to delays on other equipment.“This is extremely important for operations that are constrained by limited access to stopes or development faces,” Micromine said.Pitram Strategy Manager Gareth Dean said the development of Shift Planner came from collaboration and feedback from Micromine clients: “A missing feature that has been requested by multiple clients is to implement user roles and permissions. Specifically, an often-cited example of this is the inability to lock down a plan and only allow certain users to create or modify a plan.”The current Shift Planner user interface does not allow for much customisation outside of configuring views. This forces the user to adapt to a design that may not suit their requirements. In Shift Planner 2.0, user interface elements will be dockable (or hidden) as required and can be saved per each user’s preference, for individual customisation.In addition, the Short Interval Control (SIC) panel provides a graphical view of tasks in the current shift, comparing planned versus actual start and finish times and progress. This will be integrated into Shift Planner 2.0 as part of the application.Notifications and warnings are an important planning tool to draw attention to the progress of the plan. While the current Shift Planner has no built-in notifications apart from highlighting of tasks behind schedule in the SIC panel, the latest version will include new areas such as: safety messages, tracking the user and being able to add comments.And Shift Planner 2.0 will also allow users to be able to see how the entire shift is operating in relation to the plan.Dean said: “We’re moving into a digital age, no longer are mine sites using paper, white-boards and walkie talkies to track people, equipment and their associated tasks on site. Micromine’s soon to be released Shift Planner 2.0 offering is a true example of digitisation that will offer significant increase in productivity gains.”last_img read more

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