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The leading provider in barrier based risk management solutions

About us

Today’s world is increasing in complexity and risks. Because of this, more insight and overview is required with regard to risk factors. And with that more useful information and communication is required for a safe working environment and reliable operation for all stakeholders.

We assist our customers to address three basic questions:
1. Do we understand what can go wrong?
2. Do we know what our systems are to prevent this happening?
3. Do we have information to assure us they are working effectively?

To deal with these questions and with constant change, companies need new and innovative means to manage their risks. Our goal is to offer world class barrier based risk management software solutions to identify and manage operational, tactical and strategic risks – from the work floor to a corporate level and across the enterprise.

We believe that barrier based risk management can contribute to less incidents, but also to better insight and knowledge transfer, improved efficiency, higher returns, cost savings, better quality and even a competitive strategic advantage.

CGE Risk Management Solutions delivers standard “off the shelf” software for barrier based risk management. The software can be used for risk assessments, audits & inspections, incident management (reporting, analysis, investigation and action tracking), compliance management and a ‘barrier based’ document library.

The core of the software is the qualitative and visual “bowtie” risk assessment method that helps you to make risk understandable. To understand incidents and process deviations, we support various methods such as BSCAT (DNV GL), Tripod, Barrier Failure Analysis, Timeline, Root Cause Analysis and TOP-SET RCA (Kelvin TOP-SET)

This will allow you to understand what you can do to control these risks and manage your critical barriers and controls to enable safe and efficient operations.

We started BowtieXP in 2004. Today we offer a suite of standard “off the shelf” software products serviced by a team operating from The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia and Houston with a global partner network on 7 continents.

We keep focus and do what we are good at: making state-of-the-art risk management solutions: BowTieXP, IncidentXP, AuditXP, BowTieServer. In addition to these products we also act as a distributor of Investigator 3 and BlackBox. For a small number of industry leading clients we are involved in development projects.

To be able to service our clients to the best of our ability, we work with the best software solutions via a global network of experienced consultancy partners. We have thorough knowledge of methodologies for training, applying and implementing these solutions in your organization.

We believe in good methods, excellent software solutions and good services. Our software solutions are all based on risk management and incident analysis methods that have been around for many years and have been accepted by many industries. The visual and qualitative bowtie risk assessment methodology is at the heart of what we offer. The basis of this method is identifying which barriers are important to be managed, in order to control what you do as an organization. Whether this is drilling for oil, transporting people or providing financial services.

The visual and qualitative bowtie risk assessment methodology is at the heart of what we offer. The basis of this method is identifying which barriers are important to be managed, in order to control what you do as an organization. Whether this is drilling for oil, transporting people or providing financial services.

To facilitate the sharing of knowledge we have taken the initiative to start the CGE Innovation Center.

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Call us now at +31 88 100 1350 (09:00-17:00CET)

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News

Learning from errors: zooming in on healthcare incident data

August 23rd, 2018|

Can we do more with the incident data that we collect? That was the subject of the study that Wouter van Kempen (student Msc. Occupational Health Psychology, at Leiden University) successfully completed in close cooperation with a respectable Dutch hospital, during his CGE internship. Read Wouter's account on [...]

Using bowties to classify barriers – The Chemical Engineer

August 6th, 2018|

Earlier this month, The Chemical Engineer issued an article on ‘Using bowties to classify barriers’. Bowtie diagrams provide a simple and powerful description of how risks are managed and readily leads on to identification of gaps or omissions within the system. However, not all barriers or control/mitigation measures [...]

Sharing safety knowledge by modeling common aviation risk

July 17th, 2018|

Earlier this year, AeroSafety World magazine issued an article on ‘Modeling Common Aviation Risk’. This article talks about an initiative to share safety knowledge within the Aviation Industry, without having to swap internal data. This initiative is called CARM which stands for ‘Common Aviation Risk Models’. (If you’re [...]

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The holes in the Swiss cheese are escalation factors… or activities?

The holes in James Reason’s Swiss cheese model can be represented through escalation factors in the bowtie method. Although, theoretically, that may be true. Practically, it might be of more added value if they are considered to be activities that are part of your safety management system. This blog will show you how to make the distinction between escalation factors and activities, and also on when it might be more useful to change an escalation factor to an activity. Escalation factors and how to use them: sparingly An escalation factor [...]

September 13th, 2018|Blog, BowtieXP|

The holy grail of process safety – Closing the gap between theory and practice

Guest blog by Simon Pollard from Evolution Compliance and Management Solutions Ltd.  Whilst on a rare family hike in the Dales, an uncle I’d not seen for some time asked me what it was I was doing for a living as he’d heard I’d left what he perceived to be a secure employee role to pursue a path in a freelance capacity under my own steam. As the beautiful Yorkshire scenery rolled by under a baking sun, I found myself in an interesting conversation explaining the basic concepts of process safety [...]

September 4th, 2018|Blog|

3 concepts of great process safety minds that should be in your bowtie diagram

In 2006, the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries published an excellent article on barriers by Snorre Sklet. The name of the article is “Safety barriers: Definition, classification, and performance” and it is highly recommended to read for everyone in the process (safety) industry who is into barrier thinking. In the article, Sklet looks at the safety barrier concept in different industries through literature study and based on experience from several research projects. He summarizes his findings by clarifying barrier terminology, classifications and other supporting concepts. In addition [...]

August 22nd, 2018|Blog|
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