Disciplinary actions: Engineers, land surveyors, and on-site

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

December 2017

Professional Land Surveyors

Amir Fayazrad — Palm Springs, CA

  • Findings: The Respondent used a part-time employee's signature to sign 27 ALTA surveys for a project without being properly licensed as a professional land surveyor.
  • Actions:
    • The Respondent is ordered to permanently cease and desist from the unlicensed practice of professional land surveying.
    • $13,500 fine; total to be paid within 9 months.

October 2017

Professional Land Surveyors

Bruce E. Studeman — Centralia, WA

  • Findings: The Respondent failed to cooperate with the Board during an investigation by not furnishing the requested documents or providing an explanation in writing when requested.
  • Actions:
    • The Respondent's license is suspended for 1 year. The suspension will be stayed contingent upon the Respondent complying with conditions of the order.
    • $3,000 fine payable within 1 year.

August 2017

Professional Engineers

Cash Carr — Redmond, WA

  • Findings: Misrepresented his credentials and advertised outside his area of competency.
  • Actions:
    • Within 30 days, remove all references in resume and website that would imply qualifications outside his field of expertise until he obtains the appropriate license.
    • Within 30 days, remove all language and references from promotional material at his expense that would imply the firm is offering those services that it is not qualified to perform unless the firm directly employs a professional with applicable experience and a license.

Knud Knudsen — Ephrata, WA

  • Findings: Failed to file a Record of Survey with the Grant County Auditor's office.
  • Actions:
    • $500 fine payable within 30 days.
    • Reimburse $175 to Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

Russell Shannon Bodge — Tacoma, WA

  • Findings: Certification provided by Department of Social and Health Services that the licensee is at least 6 months in arrears on child support payment obligations.
  • Actions: Child support license suspension.

June 2017

Land Surveyors

James C. Bell — Yakima, WA

  • Findings:
    • Survey completed didn't meet statutory survey requirements and didn't contain necessary and correct information needed to correctly complete the project causing a dispute between property owners.
    • Original recorded survey, resurvey and amended surveys had multiple errors and omissions.
  • Actions:
    • Three-year suspension stayed for 2 years 9 months, 3 months actual time suspended pending no other violations and future survey work meets the standards of practice.
    • Fined $5,000.
    • All survey work will be reviewed and approved by a third-party surveyor, prior to recording for the next 3 years.

Professional Engineers

Robert Balmelli — Chehalis, WA

  • Finding: Improperly designed a septic system and after installation it was determined it should have been designed as a large on-site septic system. The project failed to meet local codes, regulations, and/or guidelines in Lewis County codes, Department of Health laws and applicable RCWs and WACs.
  • Actions:
    • License is reprimanded.
    • Fined $250.
    • Take an Advanced Soils for OSS class and Design of Large On-site Sewage Systems class offered by WOSSA and provide notification to the Board within 30 days of completion.

December 2016

Land Surveyors

Daniel B. Johnson — Lakebay, WA

  • Finding: Failed to demonstrate reasonable skill and the standard of care expected of a licensed professional land surveyor by filing 2 surveys that contained multiple erroneous details and omissions; negligence, incompetence and failed to comply with the Survey Recording Act. These acts, omissions, errors and discrepancies constitute misconduct, malpractice and unprofessional conduct.
  • Action: Two-year suspension of license stayed both years following the conditions of:
    • Peer review of the next 10 surveys that involve determining boundaries of tidelands or properties abutting tidelands; can't be hired to perform another survey that meets these requirements during the two-year suspension period.
    • Bring into compliance the survey listed in the statement of charges and file an Amended Record of Survey and provide proof that it was filed to the Board.
    • Fined $5,000.


Eric Cleaver — Poulsbo, WA

  • Findings:
    • Failed to demonstrate reasonable skill and the standard of care expected of a licensed on-site designer by filing misleading information, improper use of a stamp.
    • Failed to properly supervise and oversee auxiliary staff; failed to demonstrate through final work products the primary importance of protecting the safety, health, property and welfare of the general public.
    • These acts, omissions, errors and discrepancies constitute misconduct, malpractice and unprofessional conduct.
  • Actions:
    • Redesign and resubmit the projects listed in the statement of charges at his own expense. Provide proof of resubmittal to the Board. If he doesn't redesign and resubmit the projects, he must provide proof of fees refunded to the clients from the licensee or the new owner of the business.
    • Create a list of all other projects completed with the "new owner" since the sale of the licensee's business.
    • Provide the Board with a copy of final approval plans and documents for each project.
    • Inform appropriate jurisdictions of any remedial measures to be taken.
    • Inform the Board of any remedial actions taken.
    • Fined $5,000 or $3,000 and voluntarily surrender his license.

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