Introduction to Coiled Tubing Operations

Disciplines: Production and Operations

Course Description


  • Introduction to surface equipment required to deploy coiled tubing during field operations
  • Basic understanding of coiled tubing pre-job modeling and fatigue tracking - and why it’s important
  • Challenges associated with use of coiled tubing on extended-reach wells and techniques for addressing those challenges
  • Coiled tubing modeling software will be utilized to identify and address potential pre-job design issues
Learning Objectives:

This introductory course will provide an understanding of the surface equipment and key job design parameters required for successful coiled tubing field operations. 

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

The course will provide participants with a basic knowledge of coiled tubing operations and the equipment utilized to deploy it in the field. It will highlight key pre- job design parameters required for successful field operations. Participants will also have the opportunity to utilize coiled tubing modeling software during the course to better understand the impact of changing field job parameters on the outcome of the field operation.

Who Attends

Engineers and others with six months or less experience that are involved in the design of coiled tubing equipment or use of coiled tubing field services.

Special Requirements

Laptop PC (Windows™ operating system) with pre-installed coiled tubing modeling software. Course participants will be provided with modeling software download instructions prior to the course. Basic knowledge of well completion/workover techniques will be beneficial. 

Computer Parameters

Operating System Windows 7 ™ Windows 8 ™ or Windows 10™
Processor: 2.4 GHz
RAM 8 GB or Larger
Available Storage 1 GB
Display Resolution 1280 x 1024
HMI Keyboard & Mouse or Touch Screen

.NET Framework

Cerberus v11.x and Later 4.0
Cerberus v10.x and Earlier 2.0



0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.



Travis Thomas, Sales Manager for NOV’s Advanced Analytics, Controls, and Digital products, is responsible for leading all sales and technical business development activities with a heightened focus on new real-time data analysis for well interventions.

Travis has more than a decade of well intervention experience, starting his career with Halliburton as a Technical Professional in Coiled Tubing in Kilgore, Texas before moving into operations and technical management roles with Halliburton, Superior Energy, and Nine Energy Service. His roles required a technical expertise in all the US shale basins and included extensive experience in offshore Gulf of Mexico deep water projects. He brings a fresh perspective to the industry as a result of his experience managing engineering groups, technical sales, and day-to-day operations in industry leading coiled tubing service companies before joining NOV. Travis was also a routine user of NOV’s intervention monitoring and modeling products in prior roles, and now with NOV, he is focused on bringing real-time data visualization and efficiency analysis to global coiled tubing operations.


Travis holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and has also completed advanced business leadership courses at the Texas A&M Mays Business School in College Station.

Ed Smalley has more than 35 years of oilfield experience, including assignments in new product development, field operations, sales, and management.  His areas of expertise include coiled tubing, formation evaluation, coalbed methane, hydraulic fracturing, and commercialization of emerging technology.

He started his career with Schlumberger where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in sales and operations.  Mr. Smalley then joined Gas Technology Institute as Director of E&P Business Development, where he spearheaded the commercial launch of more than 60 new E&P products.

He has been with NOV CTES in Conroe, TX, for the past 12 years where he serves as General Manager, responsible for the overall management of the organization.  NOV CTES is a provider of leading-edge downhole modeling software and advanced measuring devices that support the coiled tubing, wireline, and drilling segments of the industry.  Mr. Smalley holds a B.S. Engineering degree from Kansas State University and has published numerous SPE papers.  He is an active member of SPE, ICoTA, and SPWLA.

Mr. Smalley has also provided commercial coiled tubing training courses for the past decade and has also co-authored and/or presented more than 10 published SPE technical papers.