Rigless Intervention Best Practices for Coiled Tubing, Slickline, and Wireline

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Course Description

This short course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of surface equipment, downhole tools, various applications, and operational contingencies for rigless well interventions involving coiled tubing, slickline, or wireline.  The participants will learn first-hand knowledge of the capability of each intervention and what to consider when choosing which intervention method to utilize.  The course will cover recommended risk mitigation and well control barriers as well as best practices gained from years of experience and application.  To further illustrate the intervention methods utilized to resolve well issues or enhance well performance, real world examples for coiled tubing, slickline and wireline will be presented and discussed.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and explain function of CT, Slickline, and wireline equipment
  • Recognize and explain function of the Pressure Control Equipment and Bottom-hole assembly’s for coiled tubing, slickline and wireline interventions.
  • Identify common applications for coiled tubing, slickline, wireline interventions
  • Assess the pros and cons of each intervention and evaluate which intervention type to utilizes for various job problems
  • Identify and describe critical job design considerations for each job type of intervention that should be present in a contractor proposal
  • Discuss risks associated with each each type of intervention and the corresponding mitigation controls recommended for each job type.
  • Enhance rigless intervention safety, efficiency, and success by applying industry best practices and lessons learned for each job type. 

Why Attend

Poorly understood and inefficiently planned rigless interventions can create costly, and often dangerous, problems for operators. These issues can be avoided with the knowledge, best practices, and lessons provided in this short course.

Attendees of this course will benefit from the increased knowledge of rigless, live well interventions including coiled tubing, slickline, and wireline. In addition, course attendees will review engineering design considerations, recommended safety policies, and best practices that can positively affect operations.

Who Attends

This course is designed for engineers, senior operations personnel, and company representatives with zero-to-intermediate well intervention knowledge who are assigned to evaluate, plan, and/or execute coiled tubing, slickline, or wireline interventions. 

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Special Requirements

Computer is optional but would be beneficial as the participants may wish to view resources that the instructor will share.


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.

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Ron Zbitowsky is a petroleum engineering consultant for Saudi Aramco. He joined Saudi Aramco in 1999 specializing in rigless well intervention. He works in the technical support unit of the Ghawar gas production engineering division in Udhailiyah, Saudi Arabia.  Ron has 34 years of combined experience in drilling, reservoir, pipeline and production engineering in both conventional and unconventional natural gas reservoirs.  Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, Ron worked for various exploration and production companies operating in the United States primarily in South Texas, Louisiana, Alabama as well as West Texas and New Mexico.

In 1982, he received a BS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.  Ron is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Steven Craig is a global technical manager in the coiled tubing product line of Baker Hughes. Prior to his current technical leadership role, Mr. Craig held several engineering and technical instructor positions during his 29-year career with Baker Hughes and legacy companies (BJ Services and Nowsco Well Service) in the UK, Norway and Germany.

Mr. Craig is active in SPE/ICoTA, has co-authored more than 30 technical papers, served multiple times on the committee for this conference and was chair in 2015. Additionally, since 2006 Mr. Craig has been active in the API RP 16ST (Coiled Tubing Well Control) committee. Mr. Craig holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and is registered as a chartered engineer with the Engineering Council in London and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.