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Letting the Genie out of the Bottle – The COVID-19 Coronavirus Global Pandemic

Guest blog by Faizal Farid Wajidi from Pace Up Sdn Bhd The COVID-19 Coronavirus contagion is currently sweeping borders, conjuring up a bleak, Hollywood-like vision of humanity’s demise on this pale blue planet we call home. Scientific proponents of Doomsday scenarios might not think it out of the ordinary as pandemics, along with rogue asteroids and global warming, have long been prophesied as arch-candidates likely to signal the end of days, at least in human terms. It’s hard not to wax philosophical about the matter. Art imitating life or life [...]

March 25th, 2020|Blog|

How to turn your Excel into a Bowtie diagram

We know that many companies have their risk assessment in Excel. Our BowtieXP offers an easy way to transform an excel file into a Bowtie diagram. This creates a visual overview of your data. Do you want to know how? In the next paragraph we present the steps that need to be taken. To visualize this information we conclude with a short video to summarize this steps. Step 1 Make sure your Excel file has the columns: Entity Id ParentId Name Description TopEvent Please make sure that within this file [...]

March 12th, 2020|Blog|

Human factors and bowties – 2 visions and a human’s perspective

Both the bowtie method as well as human factors have become increasingly popular topics in risk management. The challenge remains, however, to discover the best way to include human factors in the bowtie method. CGE has written a white paper on human factors and bowties. In this blog, we will give you a taste of what’s in that white paper. Research questions Why should human factors be included in the bowtie method, and if they should, how should they be included? These are the questions we try to address. To [...]

March 5th, 2020|Blog|

What is your #1 safety tip?

We asked our partner Daan Bergwerff this question at a construction site with a lot of people working and a lot of busyness. Daan works as an independent to assist construction companies, hospitals and laboratories to get a better grip on risk scenarios that they might come across, how to prepare themselves and how to verify if they will be doing the right thing or not. Daan’s tip for safer operations ''You have the most influence in the engineering phase (as early as possible in the project). There you can [...]

February 20th, 2020|Blog|

Refreshing the Bowtie Guidelines – Some ‘barriers’ to eliminate weak models

Bowtie turns out to be a very efficient method to understand your risks and manage your barriers in order to support operations. It is an intuitive, scenario-based visualization of reality. As with all models, it must be said that “all models are wrong, but some are useful” (George E. P. Box, 1976), since it is a paper world representation. Box challenged how wrong a model has to be, in order for it not to be useful. In the case of bowties, it is advised to stick to certain guidelines to [...]

February 11th, 2020|Blog|

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