Upcoming Classes

Course 403 Easement Valuation | Virtual Class | October 27, 2023

Course Description:

This course is taught as a practical, hands-on course. Participants will learn specific methods and procedures to measure and value property before and after an encumbrance, as well as damages, if any result.


New SR/WA: An intermediate elective course that can be applied towards the RWP certification or SR/WA designation.

Industry: An intermediate required course for the the Oil & Gas Pipeline and Electric & Utilities pathways for the SR/WA designation.

Specialist: An intermediate elective course that can be applied towards the R/W-AC certification.


  • The nature of easements, bundle of rights, easements v. licenses en gross v. appurtenant, creation/duration, residuals and reversion interests
  • The two approaches to valuation: Before and After (Federal Rule), value of the art taken plus damages (State Rule)
  • Steps in the appraisal process (State Rule): how to value the whole larger parcel: when the taking is typical of the whole; when the taking is not typical of the whole; how to value the part taken; use of paired sales; the “Three R’s”
  • Damages, severance, cost-to-cure, change in highest and best use, increased cost of operation, restraints upon future development
  • How to value temporary easements
  • Appraisal of special easements, scenic, slope, flood, flowage, air rights, and others.


Gordon E MacNair, SR/WA, AACI, P.App, is a Senior Real Estate Infrastructure Advisor employed with MacNair Consulting Inc. He is the former Director of the Corporate Real Estate Office for the City of Ottawa where his team oversaw all real estate matters for infrastructure projects. In this capacity, Gord was also instrumental in developing and overseeing the Environmental Remediation unit. He is also a certified lecturer for the IRWA who has published numerous articles on infrastructure real estate and land assembly matters. Previously, Gord was employed with a major utility company where he was employed as a Project Supervisor responsible for acquiring right of way for major high voltage transmission projects. Gord served as the International President of the IRWA and is currently serving as the Chair of the International Relations Committee. Mr. MacNair has taught courses and seminars on infrastructure real estate (land assembly) throughout Canada and the United States as well as Australia, South Africa, and the UK.

Course 213: Conflict Management | Virtual Class | October 30, 2023

Course Description:

This course provides focused strategies towards establishing collaborative solutions to minimize potential negative aspects of conflict and maximize successful outcomes that strive to resolve conflict. During this course, participants will learn how effective conflict management can open doors to healthier workplace relationships and more productive working relationships with both property owners as well as the general public.


Mike A. Penick, SR/WA, is Property & Leasing Coordinator and Right-of-Way Manager at Louisville Metro Government; prior to LMG, Mike was employed as a Right-of-Way Agent at HMB Engineers and Presnell Associates, with acquisitions experience since 1998. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville, and an MBA with International Concentration from McKendree University, with memberships in the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Beta Delta. In addition, Mike has taught courses for Jefferson County Public Schools’ Adult Education Program. Mike has served in all board level positions for IRWA Chapter 25, is currently a Certified Course Coordinator, and the Chapter 25 Education Chair.

Course 801: U.S. Land Titles | Virtual Class | December 7 & 8, 2023

Course Description:

Addresses the overall principles and applications which generally govern land title activities. Course Description Building upon prior professional knowledge, this course provides participants with information regarding the analysis of abstracts to determine who must execute a conveyance.


Ross Greene, SR/WA, is a partner with the law firm of Pender & Coward, P.C., and focuses his practice in the areas of eminent domain, real estate, wills, trusts, estates, and business matters. In his right-of-way practice, Ross represents condemning authorities, including state government agencies, utilities, municipalities, and right of way consultants. His right-of-way practice includes litigation in state and federal courts regarding property valuation, eminent domain, condemnation, inverse condemnation, and the Uniform Relocation Act. In his real estate practice, Ross represents and advises residential and commercial clients on land titles, transactions, and related litigation, including partition suits.