Meet our Land Surveying Team
Dakin A. Bell, PLS
Dakin has been land surveying since 1988, and with BRH since 1992.
He holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in land surveying from the Oregon Institute of Technology. Dakin has held a State of Washington Professional Land Surveyor license since 2001.
Dakin started surveying with the National Geodetic Survey as a GPS observer in 1988, giving him the opportunity to visit many parts of the country through 1990. After graduating from college, he moved to the San Juan Islands and surveyed for a year on Orcas Island, before moving to Seattle in 1992. He has held all survey positions throughout his 28-year career. He says that the best part of Land Surveying is the outdoor element associated with the job and the ever-changing challenges associated with the profession.
Dakin and his wife Erin, enjoy their two daughters, two dogs and all the adventures associated with them. “When I am not surveying I enjoy spending time with my family on the family-owned property located near Lake Roosevelt in eastern Washington. Growing up in eastern Oregon I have come to appreciate the late summer, fall, and winter as my favorite times of the year as I spend as much time as possible outdoors with our dogs, training them in the art of pointing towards upland game birds. I also enjoy alpine skiing in brand new powder snow, cycling and running and keeping myself somewhat fit, so I can keep up with my girls, and the dogs.”
James M. Harper, PLS
James began his surveying career with BRH in 1998. He has held a State of Washington Professional Land Surveyor license since 2008.
James started surveying as a chainman and instrument man, enjoying 10 years of field work as a crew chief before transitioning to the office and gaining his professional license.
His field experience includes all aspects of boundary determination and mapping work, as well as commercial construction and high rise building layouts.
James draws from his extensive field background and expertise to ensure that field crews and office technicians working on his projects are well supported right through to the delivery phase. He also makes a point to ensure that current technologies are seamlessly blended with a respect for traditional standards and techniques.
“My wife Danielle and I keep busy raising our two sons and being involved in their activities. An example is our support for local youth soccer and basketball teams. We also enjoy gardening, touring the northwest by motorcycle, and taking in live music shows.
Oliver Q. Robar, PLS
Oliver has been surveying in the field and in the office since 1997, and with BRH since 2005.
He earned his State of Washington Professional Land Surveyor license in 2008.
Oliver’s survey career began after graduating from Bellingham Technical College with a degree in Land Surveying. He has surveyed in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, California, and even parts of Canada. His history of projects range from large earthwork and infrastructure assignments to commercial development, to environmental and residential lot surveys. His current focus is on the urban aspect of surveying.
“I enjoy the great offerings of the Pacific Northwest – cuisine, outdoor activities, and of course the summers! I also enjoy tinkering around the house, traveling back home to Alaska and Europe, and as a licensed small aircraft pilot, flying is always in the back of my mind.”
Tom E. Carner, PLS
- Tom has been involved in land surveying since 1991, and with BRH since 2007.
He has held a State of Washington Professional Land Surveyor license since 2010.
Construction Division Manager
Tom manages the construction division from small to large scale construction projects which includes all aspects of site and building grid layout and monitoring services.
Tom, a graduate of the land surveying program at Renton Technical College, started surveying as a chainman, and worked his way up to gain his State license. He has held all survey positions along that journey, and reflects that he enjoys all elements of surveying, but gets the greatest pleasure when working on a boundary survey.
“My wife Carrie and I enjoy trying new restaurants, especially those with Asian or Italian cuisine. I am also very interested in reading about ancient history and I am always excited when I get an opportunity to visit historic sites. Sports are another big interest for me, and during the fall months you will find me watching college football games.
Taylor R. Schulte, PLS
Taylor has been involved in land surveying since 1996, and with BRH since 2006. He holds Professional Land Surveyor licenses in three states – Washington (2008), Oregon (2011), and Minnesota (2012). Taylor is a graduate of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and is a member of the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington (LSAW).
Taylor enjoys working on all aspects of land surveying. He is skilled in ALTA surveying, topographic mapping, condominium creation as well as land use surveys which include plats and lot boundary adjustments. Taylor’s open approach to communication leads to keeping clients well informed on the status of their projects as well as helping them navigate through local jurisdiction permitting.
“Like many people living in the Northwest, I enjoy the outdoors. Living in Snoqualmie gives my family and I immediate access to the mountains and rivers we like to hike and fish. Though some consider it work, I also enjoy yard work and home repair. I find this relaxing and get a sense of achievement when I have a finished project.”
Scott Edwards, PLS
Scott has never been one to accept the status quo. For as long as he can remember, he has always pursued a philosophy of continual learning. Scott is Professional Land Surveyor licensed in Washington (2004) and Oregon (2015). He is also a Certified Federal Surveyor (2012). However, his interests are not limited to surveying. Scott also holds an MBA from City University and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Washington. Scott’s most recent accomplishment is earning a FAA Part 107 – Remote Pilot Certificate.
Scott’s interest in land surveying came at a young age. His grandfather was a prominent surveyor in Minnesota and Wisconsin, providing Scott with the inspiration to choose a career in surveying. Scott took the first step in his vocation in 1995, enrolling as a student in the land survey program at Renton Technical College. Following graduation, he spent seven years as a field crew team member and as an office technician. At this point, Scott earned his first Professional Land Surveyor license and became a project manager serving multiple public and private sector clients.
Scott has boundary, topographic, utility, ALTA Land Title Survey, subdivision, lot boundary adjustment, condominium, corridor, construction, and monitoring survey expertise, plus he has established multiple control networks.
Finally, Scott feels it is important to give back to the professional community that has always been there for him and provided him with support along his chosen career path. He is a past President and current active member of the North Puget Sound Chapter of the Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington and is currently the Chairperson for the Advisory Committee for the Land Survey/Geospatial Science program at Renton Technical College.
“I enjoy the landscapes and cultural diversity found all over the Pacific Northwest. I love to get off the beaten path and explore the backcountry and small towns that can be found throughout this magnificent area. Getting out by motorcycle, car, bicycle, or just using my own two feet makes for a great day. The spectacular scenery of this area can be absolutely awe-inspiring and many of the people one encounters have the most incredible stories on how they live their lives. Plus, it is always fun to talk with people who have ties to the land. The history they share and their insights on life make each of these small adventures unforgettable. To me, the journey is the destination.”
Lucas Rate, PLS
Lucas has been surveying in the field and in the office since 1997, joining BRH in 2016.
He earned his State of Washington Professional Land Surveyor license in 2019 and is a longtime member of the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington. Lucas attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1996 with a degree in Fine and Applied Arts.
As a land surveyor, Lucas is following in the footsteps of multiple family members. He enjoys all aspects of construction, topographical, and cadastral surveying, from the reaches of the Puget Sound to the deep canyons and forests of northern Idaho. He derives his greatest professional gratification following in the footsteps of the pioneers early trailblazers who measured the Northwest long ago, studying how their exquisite cartography still influences boundaries to this day. Lucas enjoys the personal rapport that arises from working with property owners and helping them with their boundary needs;, never forgetting that surveying is about people and their relationship with the land.
“I enjoy the rich histories, ecologies, and geography of the Pacific Northwest, from First Peoples’ narratives and stories of the region to the biological ecosystems of flora, fauna, and marine and riverine life. I immerse myself as much as possible in these facets, in a very physical way, through frequent hiking, bicycle riding, and near-daily cold-dips in Puget Sound. To live in harmony with this very special place, and to share it with my family, is one of Life’s great blessings.”