RSI-5 Bowties and Quantitative Risk Assessment

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course Dates


This course will introduce bowtie methodology and how to adapt a bowtie to your company’s specific operations. Bowtie analysis is an increasingly popular and effective approach to identify and manage risk. The course provides an introduction to the terminology, limitations, and practical uses, with hands-on practice at integrating either your company standards or industry standards into bowties. The course will also focus on utilizing real industry metrics and data to quantitatively measure risk for a given operation. Specifically, the course will show how changing specific parameters can change the risk profile.

Who Should Attend

Because aircraft safety affects every individual and department, professionals working in various capacities across the aviation industry can benefit from this knowledge including:

  • Pilots
  • Airport Managers
  • Safety Professionals
  • Airport Risks Managers
  • Aircraft Accident Investigators
  • Aviation Insurance Professionals
  • Aviation Safety Engineers
  • And any other industry professionals who want to understand risk and how to properly categorize and mitigate identified risks.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze hazard scenarios utilizing the bowtie method
  • Design a “standard” bowtie diagram based on your operation
  • Understand the definition of a barrier to include the concepts of active, procedural and passive barriers
  • Devise risk acceptance criteria for hazards in bowtie
  • Use industry data to develop an operation-specific quantitative assessment of risk
  • Utilize a quantitative risk assessment in risk decision making

Contact Us

Cathy Watt
3700 Willow Creek Rd.
Prescott, AZ 86301


Professor Ed Coleman
Director Robertson Safety Institute and Chair Safety Sciences Department

Mr. Don Feeney
Former Director Aviation Risk, Learning and Standards for a major energy company