McKown Joins Brierley Associates

Andy McKown

Andy McKown

Brierley Associates announced that Andy McKown has joined the company in its Cambridge, Massachusetts, office. McKown has focused on rock engineering, blast consulting, drill-and-blast design and blast vibration monitoring of sensitive historic structures and urban infrastructure through his 35-year career. The spectrum of McKown’s nationwide practice includes underground excavations, tunnels and shafts, quarry development and rock slopes along roadway corridors. He has assisted as a technical expert on numerous blast damage claim investigations, blasting and vibration problems, and has served as an expert witness on blasting and vibration related cases.

McKown is the author of a chapter on tunnel blasting for the “Blaster’s Handbook,” an update to the DuPont Blaster Handbook, published by the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE). He has served as: Chairman of the Committee on Perimeter Control Blasting of the Underground Technology Research Council (UTRC);  member of ASCE Rock Mechanics Committee; Chairman of the Committee on Close-In-Construction Blasting; member of the Program Committee of the Society of Explosives Engineers (SEE); member of the Explosives Advisory Committee, Board of Fire Prevention Regulations, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

AJ McGinn, President and CEO of Brierley Associates, commented“Many of the our staff such as Alan Howard and Nick Strater have worked closely with Andy throughout their careers and with Andy joining Brierley Associates our in-house capabilities for blasting design, vibration consultation and rock mechanics is enhanced.”

McKown joins Jay Perkins in the Cambridge office. He can be reached at (617) 714-5784 or amckown@brierleyassociates.com.

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