John BennettPLS, 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.

A.S. Survey Technology, Anchorage Community College
Professional Land Surveyor, Alaska
Senior Right of Way Professional, International Right of Way Association
Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors
International Right of Way Association
Industry Experience
50 years
  • 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.
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