Robert Byrne Portrays the Civil Engineer as the Hero

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 11, Pg. 57-57

Document Type: Feature article


Editor, humorist, novelist, and pool player all combine to describe ASCE member Robert Byrne. With three books already to his credit, this multi-talented civil engineer has recently published a novel, The Tunnel, which deals with the building of a tunnel under the English Channel. Crisply written and quickly paced, it not only makes the civil engineer the hero, but also has as a backdrop the inherent drama of a large-scale construction project. The chief engineer successfully faces the challenge of the massive project, a potentially disastrous terrorist plot, the environmental movement and, of course, a woman. The book, is, in short, Byrne's way of trying to reverse the popular trend of casting the engineer as a villain.

Subject Headings: Tunnels | Construction management | Terrorism | Environmental issues

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