Professional Licensing
Dioptra staff carry the following professional licensing:

Stewart K. Ward,  Idaho PLS 15295, Utah PLS 7966606-2201

Michael Deuell, Idaho PLS 8075

Darrell Hanners,  Idaho LSI 340

Adam Thayer,  Idaho  LSI 342

Stewart K. Ward, PLS
Owner, Chubbuck Office Manager

Stewart is a PLS in Idaho and Utah and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics from Idaho State University. He has been involved with surveying since 2001 and is experienced in land surveys, ground based LiDAR, construction staking, mapping, and GIS applications.

Stewart manages all projects. His combination of experience and training qualifies him to perform all required survey duties on a variety of projects.

Michael L. Deuell, PLS
Project Surveyor

Michael has 36 years of experience in the Civil Engineering and Land Surveying fields. He joined Dioptra in October 2018 after a lengthy career at another local surveying and engineering firm. He obtained his Idaho professional surveyor’s license in 1995. His experience includes QC/QA services, construction staking, aerial mapping surveys, ALTA surveys, ground water monitoring well surveys, boundary surveys, subdivision platting, industrial as-built surveys for design projects and control surveys.  He spent many years as the contracted on-site surveyor during both the operational phase and shutdown phase for the now defunct FMC chemical plant in Pocatello, ID. Key projects include the Parking Garage for the Bannock Regional Medical Center, Portneuf Medical Center, Portneuf Wellness Complex, Bannock County Jail, FMC and JR Simplot Plant site boundary surveys.


Darrell Hanners, LSI

Darrell graduated from ISU in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geomatics Technology; he began working for Dioptra right after graduation.

Darrell has been involved in an array of services such as ground based LiDAR, construction staking, boundary surveying, QC/QA services, and mapping to name a few. Key projects include the South Maybe Canyon Mine Cross Valley Fill Reclamation and the Ashton Hill Pre-Engineering Survey.

Adam Thayer, LSI

Adam began working for Dioptra in May of 2016 while he was a student at Idaho State University. Adam graduated from ISU in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Technology. Adam has been involved in a variety of projects including construction staking, land planning, property and topographic surveys, and GIS applications. Key projects include Stuart Additions reconstruction and US-91 Poleline to Flandro road improvement.