The Temple Owls are working quickly to find a replacement for head coach Geoff Collins, and are setting their ambitions relatively high this offseason.According to FootballScoop, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko and Miami (FL) defensive coordinator Manny Diaz are among the top candidates for the job.As with a wide variety of Temple head coaching hires from the last decade, Elko and Diaz have no prior college head coaching experience. Both coaches are also young, aged 41 and 44, respectively.Elko has put together Top-50 defenses in stints with Bowling Green, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame. Notably, his defense in 2013 at Bowling Green was ranked No. 10 in the nation and helped pave the way for the Falcons to win the MAC Championship.Diaz has served in a variety of different defensive jobs, including NC State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and Texas prior to his current stint in Miami.The Owls are coming off their fourth straight winning season, but are looking for their fifth head coach in the last nine years. Each of their last four head coaches has accepted a job at a different school. Most recently, Collins accepted the vacant head coaching job at Georgia Tech.Stay tuned.
Endeavour Mining’s greenfield Houndé Gold Operation (HGO) in Burkina Faso has recently gone into development and with quick timelines to get equipment to site and operators trained. Endeavour Mining has selected operator training solutions from Immersive Technologies.“In the short time the site has been operational the simulator training program has already produced significant improvement in operator behaviours resulting in a reduction unscheduled maintenance including tyre, shifting and transmission abuse as well as improvements in spotting times and incorrect brake application. Over time we plan to provide training in the simulators for people of the local community not employed by HGO. Our first priority is to train the personnel selected for operational positions. This is quite a lengthy process,” explains Jeremy Langford EVP – Project and Technical Services Group at Endeavour Mining.Operators are trained on specific behaviours that impact machine health, safety and productivity and management is able to identify which operators require additional training.“In our baseline evaluation we noted a common problem where many operators were using a gear too high for the grade thereby impacting transmission performance. After training was conducted operators later returned to one of the two simulators for a re-measure and we found the training had resulted in an 85% decrease in improper gear selection,” says Anthony Bruce, Regional Vice President Africa, Europe & CIS, Immersive Technologies.The site reported an:80% reduction in tire abuse errors67.7% reduction in incorrect brake application41.5% reduction in engine damage11 second improvement in spot time6.44 second reduction in average loading reversing time1.57 minute improvement in average circuit time“These types of improvements are why we selected Immersive Technologies for simulator training. The level of support and focus on results is what we need to make our mine safer and more profitable,” Langford says.Endeavour is using two simulators from Immersive Technologies with multiple simulator modules and is the first mine using this level of technology in Burkina Faso.Endeavour owns five operating mines in West Africa. The mines are located in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso and are expected to produce between 575,000 and 600,000 oz in 2016.