The Firm & its Principal
R. Bouwmeester & Associates offers professional sun & shadow modeling services to private and public sector clients within the collision reconstruction, law enforcement, legal, insurance, architectural, land development, building and urban planning communities.
Crash Investigations >>> Shadow Studies
We provide forensic sun position analyses related to crime scene investigation, traffic collision investigation, and collision reconstruction. We also provide solutions to urban planning and building design and approval problems, whether to minimize the impact of potential shadowing or to optimize solar access and daylighting.
A recent trend towards proactive building design has allowed us to be involved very early on in the development process. More and more Clients turn to us for building height and massing studies ("Roof Sculpting") in an effort to minimze shadowing on sensitive spaces and to reduce approval times.
Ralph Bouwmeester, principal of the firm, is a professional civil
engineer with over 40 years experience in land development and municipal
engineering. Ralph received a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) degree
from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, in 1976. He is a
member in good standing of Professional Engineers Ontario and the Canadian Society for Civil
Engineering, and he is qualified as a Level II On-Scene Collision
and Shadow Modeling in Accident Reconstruction
(in PDF format), and
addition, he presented, Virtual
Modeling of Tall Buildings - Sun & Shadows, to the
Higher Learning Symposium in Toronto, Ontario, on October 19, 2006.
1999 - Toronto Star - Working in sun and shadow, by Robert Burg
2001 - National Post - Lurking in the shadows, by Guy Babineau
2003 - Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram - Shedding light on sun glare, by Gordon Dickson
2004 - Des Moines Register - Drivers, beware of sun's glare, by Tom Alex
2004 - Des Moines Register - Sun blamed in 1 death, 2 collisions, by Tom Alex
2005 - Des Moines Register - Equinox driving, by Jeff Bash
2005 - East Valley Tribune - Equinox means more problems for commuters, by Mike Branom
2007 - Toronto Star - Our Places in the Sun - The Shadow Factor, by Stephen Weir
2008 - Des Moines Register - Seasonal Danger - sun glare graphic
2010 - Omaha World-Herald - Sun is a glaring change, by Nancy Gaarder
2011 - Times Herald-Record - A sure sign of autumn: sun glare when driving, by Judy Rife
2012 - The Record - Cresskill crossing guard struck by Weehawken principal's car, sun glare a possible factor, police say, by Deena Yellin and Rebecca D. O'Brien
2015 - The Record - Seasonal blind spots easily turn deadly, by John Cichowski
2018 - CBC News - City's new downtown plan aims to prevent high-rise shadows on parks, create 'livable' communities, by Lauren Pelley
2018 - Toronto Star - As Toronto gets more and taller condos, the city is left grappling with shadows, by Donovan Vincent
Recent TV and radio interviews can be seen and heard at the links below.
2018 - GlobalTV National News - Our April TV interview in connection with the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
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