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Graphic novel-style e-learning on equipment handling


  • E-learning
  • Mobile friendly, non-responsive
  • Story/scenario driven

Walkgrove used a graphic novel style to produce a visually impactful custom e-learning course for BG Group, now part of Royal Dutch Shell, about the correct procedure for handling temporary equipment.

The training need

The global oil and gas company BG Group had acknowledged a number of recent incidents related to incorrect handling of temporary equipment. Temporary equipment includes a wide range of items that are installed for restricted periods of time such as generators, portable welding devices and measurement equipment. Incorrect application of the Temporary Equipment Procedure poses the risk of major consequences for the company such as injury, fire and serious commercial damage. It can also have day-to-day negative impacts due to wasted time, wasted resources and costly repairs.

BG Group consequently identified a need for a short e-learning module targeted at all employees handling temporary equipment as part of their roles, in order to increase understanding and application of the procedure. This included a wide audience within both on- and offshore global teams such as engineers, technicians, deck crew and handymen.

Our bespoke e-learning solution

Walkgrove created a highly visual 20-minute e-learning module to explain why and how to follow the nine steps of the Temporary Equipment Procedure. To engage the learning audience in this important topic, Walkgrove used a distinctive and bold graphic novel style in the course design. Process-driven learning screens used minimal text content and colourful cartoon-like illustrations to show the importance of following the procedure, to convey its key steps and to test learner understanding through regular challenges and activities. Walkgrove included only the most essential practical information to keep the learning clear and concise, with helpful links enabling learners to access further support if necessary. Initial learner feedback was extremely positive, particularly regarding the ‘ker-pow’ cartoon style.