John Bennett, PLS, SR/WA
Senior Land Surveyor
John commenced his surveying career in Alaska nearly 50 years ago. Prior to joining R&M, he served as Right of Way Chief for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Northern Region, supervising titles, plans and surveys in addition to the land acquisition program for airports and highways. He is a recognized leader in the research and analysis of historic rights of way and has testified as an expert witness in title defense cases. John has instructed courses and seminars relating to access law and highway rights of way on behalf of the International Right of Way Association and the Alaska Surveying & Mapping Conference.
What are you most likely doing on the weekend?
Shoveling snow, mowing the lawn or re-fixing something I thought I had fixed last week.
If you weren’t doing your current job, what would be your dream job?
Paramedic. In times of need, those skills would be far more useful than those of a surveyor.
What is a fun fact few people know about you?
As a child living next to the Seattle University physics lab, my bed was less than 300’ from a functioning nuclear reactor.
What are you curious about?
The discussions I could have had with my dogs had we both spoken the same language.
What are your favorite books?
Mindlessly trashy espionage/police thrillers. But collectively, anything by Grisham, Follet and le Carre.
John’s News & Views
No Boundaries: A Brief Discussion of Alaska Boundary Law
Land surveying has long been considered both an art and a science. It is an art involving elements of history, law, evidence and their interpretation; and a science due to the mathematical and scientific methods employed. This is especially true in Alaska.Read More