The warm glow of searchlights fills the studio at the Shipyard Instructional Design Center (SIDC) (Code 1170) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) as the room comes alive, with a small crew preparing to film. Switches are flipped, microphones tested, a script is uploaded and ready to run on the teleprompter. Ready in position, the shipyard commander, Captain Kai Torkelson, stands ready for the signal. A red light flashes atop the camera as videographer Greg Boyd sets up behind the tripod. Hand raised, he begins the countdown…
This particular scene has been a frequent one at NNSY, with Captain Torkelson and other members of management appearing in front of a camera to film updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as other important announcements and congratulations from Workforce. With current social distancing procedures in place, messages for new employee onboarding, safety and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) were filmed during large group meetings, as part of keeping safety front and center at NNSY.
“There are understandably many questions and concerns at this time regarding COVID-19 and its continued impacts on the US Shipyard as we work to fulfill our critical mission,” Capt. Torkelson said. “This is an ever-changing situation and we are constantly working to stay up to date and provide as much information as possible to our staff.”
Thanks to the SIDC and Office of Public Affairs (Code 1160) teams, content with the latest messages is being prepared and shared throughout the shipyard, on social media platforms and beyond. Video messaging and digital signage features have increased to respond to the brand by alerting the workforce.
“Code 1170/SIDC is here to help and support all public shipyards in a unique way,” said SIDC Director Dave Pastoriza. “We put your ideas and thoughts first, and try to improve the vision creatively.”
The SIDC worked around the clock to film videos, capture photos of the cleanup efforts, and develop posters and signs to place in key areas of the shipyard.
“Recently it has been a bit hectic at times working with a reduced crew, like other shipyard codes I am not working with full staff due to COVID-19 but our services tend to be in demand when new policies or information must reach the masses with a quick turnaround,” Pastoriza said. “We created 12 different signs, nine posters, seven videos, and took many photos throughout the shipyard. I also instructional system designers thinking ahead to design and develop online training content because we don’t know how long it will last and people may need to learn remotely in the future if that reproduces in the fall.
As the shipyard continues to move forward, it is important to stay one step ahead and provide as many answers as possible to the workforce. The SIDC and 1160 strive to do just that.
“People are at the heart of what we do to accomplish NNSY’s mission, and your safety, health and well-being are my top priority,” Captain Torkelson said. “We do everything in our power to ensure a safe work environment. I have confidence in all of you that as part of the successful team at Norfolk Dockyard, we will effectively meet this challenge and fulfill our mission for our Navy and our nation.
“The foundation of SIDC is to help inform, inspire and educate the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and shipyard workforce by producing innovative multimedia products, effective training content and visual aids that can benefit the integrity and safety of all of us through photography, graphic design, videography and the design of business education systems,” Pastoriza said. building. 13 on 1st floor, we are happy to assist you all in any way we can.