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Our survey staff works closely with homeowners, local contractors, real estate agents, town and county officials to provide quality services to our entire client base.  

Our survey staff works closely with homeowners, local contractors, real estate agents, town and county officials to provide quality services to our entire client base.   


Bob is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and has been a licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor since 1981.   He has been surveying the San Juan Islands since the 1970’s working with our firm under then owner Thomas Starr, PLS.  Bob has supervised large scale mapping projects in such diverse locations as Hells Canyon, the Aleutian Islands, Peru, Mt. McKinley and guided the survey climb team that re-established the elevation of Mt. Rainier. 


In 1999, Bob received an appointment from the United Nations to be the technical advisor in Bhutan for the Nation Urban Surveying & Mapping Group.  After 5 years in the Himalayas, Bob returned to the San Juan Islands and assumed the position of Chief Surveyor for Star Surveying, purchasing the firm in 2007. 

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Kim is a Washington State Professional Land Surveyor with over 20 years of surveying education and experience.   Kim studied at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, OR and Renton Technical College where she earned her A.A.S. degree in Civil Engineering & Survey Technology.   


Kim previously worked as a Senior Survey Technician with W & H Pacific and most recently as a Project Surveyor with Pacific Geomatic Services, Inc.  She served as Project Surveyor for the Northgate Link Light Rail Extension to extend 4.3 miles of tunnels and rails.  Kim directed the technicians in recreating the design alignments and profiles for northbound and southbound rails in Civil3D and for checking the horizontal and vertical layout and constructed features of the project


Introduced to the San Juan Islands through her husband, Kim has spent many years visiting the family property on Stuart Island and vacationing on Lopez. 

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James began his surveying career in South King County. After his time in the Navy and starting a family, he returned to surveying. Over the next decade James performed surveys throughout Washington state, northern Idaho, Montana and spent a year in Texas doing right-of-way acquisition surveys for the Texas State Department of Transportation.

Throughout his career James has completed numerous boundary surveys, sectional breakdowns,

significant tree surveys, steep slope analysis, topographical mapping, short plats, long plats, construction as built and layout surveys, site plans, and flood elevation certificates. A favorite experience in his surveying career was spent in north central Washington, performing sectional breakdowns which required interpreting 100-year-old survey field notes and searching for original Government Land Office

stone monuments.

In 2008 James passed his L.S.I.T. exam, and within the last few years acquired his Professional Land Surveyors license. He is currently preparing to enroll in the Certified Federal Surveyors program, which by doing so will allow him to preform surveys on any Federal Land and Indian Reservations within Washington State.

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Jake is a skilled Party Chief with over 15 years of survey experience. 


Jake grew up in Western Washington and has always taken an interest in science and the natural world.  Earning his degree in Geology from Western Washington University, he is specialized in water surface management and has performed land survey field data collection for various civil authorities regarding streams, rivers and other drainage features. 


Having surveyed in remote environments, Jake enjoys the unique features of surveying in the San Juan Islands.


Brennan graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a degree in wildlife ecology.  He then moved to Washington to work for the Washington State fish hatcheries before moving on to 911 dispatching for Skagit county for 6 years.  Deciding that a career change was in order, Brennan attended and continues to attend Renton Technical College’s survey program.  Joining the Star team in Fall 2021, Brennan is excited to learn the ins and outs of land surveying, both the technical field aspect and the Civil 3D data processing side.

Brennan has been exploring the northern Puget Sound in his 18 foot 1969 Starcraft boat since moving to Washington.  He has particularly enjoyed the island camping opportunities the San Juan Islands have to offer.  He looks forward to spending time in and exploring the area in his new role as a survey technician.

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Steve is a skilled Party Chief with years of experience within the survey industry.  Steve has served as Party Chief for some of the most reputable surveying firms in the Pacific Northwest and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in residential and industrial construction staking, boundary staking, monument recovery and utility location. 

As Party Chief for Star Surveying, Steve is responsible for the guidance and training of the field crews.  Onsite, he leads our crews as they complete a variety of survey work and is knowledgeable in the use and application of GPS and Robotic Total Stations. 

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Allison Hill joined the Star Surveying, Inc. team in July 2022.  A LaConner High School graduate, Allison has a background in agriculture having worked for local Skagit county farms operating equipment and tending to livestock and poultry.   

As a Field Survey Technician with our Anacortes office Allison works in collaboration with our field crew clearing brush, transporting tools and materials, retrieving stakes, rebar and maintaining detailed field notes.  Allison has provided field survey support for topographic mapping and boundary surveys.  Her attention to detail and instinct for environmental sensibilities contributes to her success in the field.   

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Anna grew up on San Juan Island and attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX where she earned her BA in Communications.  She previously worked within the hospitality and service industries before transitioning into office administration.  Anna serves our team by overseeing the office communications and billing. 

Star Surveying is proud to have memberships with the following Organizations and Associations:

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Star Surveying in the News

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Star Surveying became a women majority-owned business in

July of 2021.

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

Star Surveying feature in the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

San Juan

Local surveyor Bob Anderson leading the latest effort to measure Mount Rainier.

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