BowTies for the Digital transformation safety management systems

Coen Van Gulijk, Paul McCullogh

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The paper shows how the BowTie offers a framework for the digital transformation of safety management systems. The BowTie introduces opportunities for digital transformation on three system levels: barrier system, hazard system and the system management system in its entirety. A concise explanation shows that each of these levels requires different knowledge from safety experts and IT experts alike. The paper includes an insight into the benefits of digital transformation. The case is a transformation on the second level (a hazard system) which is focussed on a railway risk. The work is equally applicable to process safety and all methods are transferrable. This work demonstrates how big-data techniques can add value to chemical safety and paves the way to the widespread introduction of digital safety management systems in the process industries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Institution of Chemical Engineers Symposium on Hazards 2019
Subtitle of host publicationHAZARDS 29
Place of PublicationDerby
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
EventHazards 29 Conference Proceedings - The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 May 201924 May 2019
Conference number: 29

Publication series

NameInstitution of Chemical Engineers Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0307-0492


ConferenceHazards 29 Conference Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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