Nebraska has announced a new update for Huskers’ starting quarterback Adrian Martinez at halftime of today’s game against Michigan. The freshman quarterback won’t be playing in the second half.Huskers head coach Scott Frost told reporters at halftime that he will be keeping Martinez out of the second half.Nebraska will be playing walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch.? “Adrian Martinez will not play in the second half.”Sideline report from @bmclaughlin4.— Husker Sports (@HuskerSports) September 22, 2018This is probably the right decision.It was a brutal first half for Nebraska, as the Huskers trailed the Wolverines, 39-0, after two quarters of play.Martinez, who is coming off a knee injury, was under attack on almost every play. He was sacked or hurried basically every time he dropped back.Nebraska is now on the verge of an 0-3 start to the Scott Frost era, but keeping Martinez healthy is the key to the rest of the season. We’ll see how the Huskers can respond moving forward.
Micromine has signed a contract with Independence Group (IGO) to help drive productivity and cost efficiencies at the Nova nickel-copper-cobalt operation in the Fraser Range of Western Australia.As part of the agreement, Micromine will implement at Nova its fleet management and mine control software solution, Pitram.This implementation of Pitram, a mine control and management reporting system aimed at delivering mining production efficiencies, comes on the back of a resurgence in Western Australia’s nickel sector, which increased in value by 26% in 2017–18 to $2.6 billion, after several years of decline, Micromine said.Nova began commercial operation in July 2017 and produced 22,258 t of nickel, 9,545 t of copper and 740 t of cobalt at a payable cash cost of A$2.78/lb ($2.01/Ib) of nickel in the 2018 financial year. Production is expected to increase some 20% in FY19 to 27,000-30,000 t of nickel, 11,000-12,500 t of copper, and 850-950 t of cobalt.Micromine’s Pitram Operations Manager, Daren Hinchliffe, said Pitram would be used by operations personnel, to capture insights and data from mobile equipment and underground mining activities, in real time.“Using Pitram’s voice-based mine control system, underground operators can call in their activities, locations and status to mine control, and performance results can be monitored constantly, allowing for continuous improvement,” he said.Pitram’s automated technology allows shift supervisors to keep track of what is going on throughout the mine, while allowing constantly monitoring of results and performance, he added.“This will provide IGO with critical data as to how the mine is performing and, help identify bottlenecks, enabling the company to respond quickly to opportunities to implement process improvements,” he said.IGO’s Chief Operating Officer, Matt Dusci, believes this will drive significant value through productivity efficiencies and cost savings at Nova and, ultimately, serve as a platform for future integration with automation at the mine.Micromine’s roll-out of Pitram at Nova commenced in December and is expected to be completed in early 2019.