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benchmark

(bench′mark″)
1. A criterion of quality or service in health care, usually expressed as a measurable standard.
2. A reference standard or basis for comparison that serves as a definition of a norm.
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BARBARIANS' coach Alan Solomons has used the side who defeated England as the bench-mark for his new-look team to face Scotland tomorrow.
So it's to be hoped Lord Dawson set the bench-mark yesterday when he jailed an Ecstasy dealer for seven years.
The objectives are 1) Develop and validate algorithms for translating visual / spectral sensor data from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into quantifiable crop parameters to enable growers to optimise management for yield and quality across fields; 2) develop an Oat Crop Model and associated decision support tools; 3) develop an Oat Growth Guide which will provide a reference to assess crops status against key development bench-marks. Focused dissemination of these innovative tools will increase average yields by at least 1t/ha, contribute to sustainable intensification, reduce supply risk for millers, reduce imports, catalyse product innovation & consumer access to healthy grains and stimulate milled product export.
The first-of-its-kind store has been enriched with sophisticated equipment, to set higher bench-marks of service-quality, to fulfill the changing needs of consumers.
Revealed by RTE's This Week yesterday, this bench-marked mechanism is separate and on top of the payment of performance bonuses, which enraged the public last month.