BowTie Pro™
The fast, easy to use assessment
Introduction to BowTie Pro™
What is BowTie Pro™?
BowTie Pro™ is a technically advanced yet
easy to use tool to facilitate the creation of
risk assessments.
A bow-tie diagram is a powerful visual
presentation of the risk assessment process
that can be readily understood by the nonspecialist.
Key features of BowTie Pro™
Powerful visual graphical user interface
Fast, versatile and easy to use
Complete with standard reports, and visual outputs
Facilitates the systematic development of bow-ties
Allows the documentation of all shortfalls identified in the
risk assessment process
 Full customisation of the Risk Matrix as to its size,
categories, colours and definitions
 Dual language; the bow-tie diagram can easily be
produced in two different languages
 Various Analysis modules
What is a bow-tie diagram?
Knot= Hazard and
hazardous event (What
we don’t want to happen)
This is a bow-tie diagram
Right Hand =
Left Hand =
Threats that will
cause the
hazardous event
The Story = Controls
Left Hand Side Protection
Right hand side mitigation
outcomes from the
hazardous event
When a
tiger is in
the cage
there is no
An Example:
The problem
…But if the tiger escapes
BowTie Pro™ can be used to
 Show the problem clearly
 Highlight the Threats that can cause the problem
 Display the Controls (barriers) to prevent the problem
 Describe the potential Consequences
 Identify the recovery Controls required should the
problem occur
 Identify tasks and responsibilities
 Assess the risks
Creating a bow-tie diagram
Step 1 : Enter the Hazard(top) and the Event to be prevented
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Step 2 : Enter the Threats that could cause the event to occur
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Step 3 : Enter the Consequences of the event occurring with
the assessed risk
Assessing the Risk
 The risk can be easily assessed by selecting a category, e.g.
People, and then selecting an item from the risk matrix on the
consequence screen.
 The results of the matrix selection are displayed in the consequence
box on the diagram
 The categories and the matrix can be fully configured to meet your
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Step 4 : Enter the Barrier Controls to prevent the event
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Step 5 : Enter the Recovery Controls to mitigate against the
Controlling the event & telling the story
 Controls can be entered on both sides of the event.
 The controls tell us how we will manage the problem.
The colour indicates the
type of control
Who is
Controls also include details of:
 The Task
 The related documents
 How it should be verified
The control
& Task
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Step 6 : Enter the items that will cause a Control to fail
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Step 7 : Define the Barriers for the Threats to the Controls
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 We have now created a diagram which easily communicates to others
how a tiger escape will be prevented and rectified.
 BowTie Pro™ enabled this diagram to be constructed quickly, easily
and systematically
Outputs of BowTie Pro™
 BowTie Pro™ diagram:
 used as a visual communication of assessment to any
interested party
 versatile output options e.g. printer, bitmaps, jpegs, emf,
windows clipboard etc.
 BowTie Pro™ reports:
 range of reporting format options e.g. event details,
responsibility listings, quality check reports etc.
 versatile report output options e.g. direct to printers, PDFs,
Microsoft Excel, RTF etc
Data connection of BowTie Pro™
 Data from other BowTie Pro™ files can be imported
 Data can be pulled from central BowTie Pro™ web
 Options to import data from other existing risk
assessment products
 Data can be exported from BowTie Pro™ to Excel and
other types
Benefits of BowTie Pro™
 Facilitates fast, cost effective risk assessments of an
organisations’ risks
 Rapid storage and retrieval of risk information
 Produces reports in format to suit specific user needs
 BowTie Pro™ diagrams are a valuable aide in
communicating and understanding of an organisation’s
risk control frameworks
 Aids any audit purposes
 Change control process to assist in assessing the
consequence of organisational or procedural changes
 Demonstrating effective management of risk to
shareholders, other stakeholders and regulators
 Enhances overall business effectiveness
BowTie Pro™
Bow Tie Pro Limited
Enterprise Business Centre
Admiral Court
Poynernook Road
Aberdeen, AB11 5QX
+44 (0) 1224 51 50 94
+44 (0) 1224 51 52 99
Email : enquiries@BowTiePro.com
Web : www.BowTiePro.com

Introduction to BowTie Pro™