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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 asessment 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 risk 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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Bowties increasingly popular in India

February 26th, 2018|

More and more people in India are becoming familiar with the bowtie method. CGE and its local partner Sudaksha Consulting have been investing in the region by participating in conferences and organizing workshops, to demonstrate how the barrier based bowtie methodology can help organizations improve their risk management [...]

Barrier management practices discussed at Botlek event

February 1st, 2018|

On the 29th of January, Slice and CGE brought together around 50 people for the ‘Barriers at the Botlek’ event, to discuss barrier management practices as experienced by companies who’ve embraced barrier-based risk management, such as Shell, Sandvik and Odfjell. Discussed topics were: barrier maturity levels in organizations, [...]

Former Shell employees develop ‘Life-Saving Rules’ game

January 19th, 2018|

Making companies safer with playful learning is the dream of two former Shell employees and founders of the Safety Leaders Foundation. Therefore Dick Nijen Twilhaar and Willem Peuscher created and developed the ‘iLife-Saving Rules®’ game, a game that is based on Shell’s 12 Life-Saving Rules. From helping develop [...]

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The inevitability of functional safety embracing cybersecurity risk

Guest blog by Nigel Stanley (Chief Technology Officer - Operational Technology and Industrial Cybersecurity CoE) - TÜV Rheinland (Risktec Solutions Ltd.) Most people would agree that we are now at the start of the fourth (4.0) industrial revolution, also known as the current trend of automation and data exchange. The traditional slower pace of industry is now swept up in frenetic technology advances that are normally associated with information technology products and services. The world of functional safety has enjoyed a well-defined, deterministic way of measuring and dealing with risk. [...]

March 14th, 2018|Blog, Cyber security|

How do barriers relate to one another? Taking dependencies into account in Bowtie

Loss of containment could lead to fire. Having multiple barriers or controls between those events could give the impression that the operation is well-protected. But what if your barriers are dependent on each other? Many organizations struggle with the level of detail when defining barriers in bowtie risk modeling. For example: should barriers be fully independent and therefore be more generically defined? Or does that make the barriers less useful, because fewer details are presented and assessed? Often organizations need more than just one level of detail. It all depends [...]

March 8th, 2018|Blog, BowtieXP|

How Human Factors can be taken into account in Bowtie risk modeling

Bowtie risk assessment is broadly used in high hazard industries. The bowtie modeling has proven to be a successful method to: 1) visualize risk scenario’s and control measures, 2) facilitate structured brainstorming and 3) identify gaps in risk control, by highlighting information that is lacking or unknown. Human Factors: a greater threat than technical failures The general opinion nowadays states that Human Factors represent a greater threat to complex hazardous systems than technical failures do. This means that if Human Factors are not present in your risk modeling tool, [...]

February 21st, 2018|Blog, BowtieXP|
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