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September 10, 1999
LITCHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE PUBLISHES BOOK
Charles A. Kliche, an Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a 1969 graduate of Litchfield High School, published a book entitled “ Rock Slope Stability” through the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration ( SME). The book became available through SME at the end of July 1999. Writing and editing of the book took approximately two years to complete.
The preface of the book describes its focus: “ The emphasis of the book is on rock slope stability, with sections on geological data collection, geotechnical data collection and analysis, surface water and groundwater effects, kinematic and kinetic stability analysis, rock slope stabilization techniques, and rock slope instrumentation and monitoring.”
The preliminary draft of the book came about as a result of Kliche’s attempt to type and organize his course notes for a Rock Slope Engineering course. Upon sending a first draft to SME, they informed Kliche they would like to publish the book. Photographs and reference materials accumulated from his course work and consulting projects were used extensively throughout the book. Additionally, SDSM& T alumni, or people who worked for mines in the Black Hills region supplied many of the photos.
“ I have been a member of SME for over 25 years and have been very active with the local chapter. Therefore, it gave me a great amount of pleasure to learn that, upon reviewing my draft, SME wanted to publish it,” said Kliche.
“ Rock Slope Stability” is available from SME at P. O. Box 625002, Littleton, CO 80162 at an SME member price of $ 59, a student member price of $ 49, and a non- member price of $ 79.
SME is an international society of professionals in the minerals industry. The SME membership is more than 16,000 strong, with members in close to 100 countries. It is a member society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers ( AIME), which was founded by a group of mining engineers in 1871.
For more information about Kliche’s book, visit the website at http:// www. smenet. org/ books/ rockslope. html.
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