2009 Industry Pioneers


Jim RikeJim Rike

After writing the first coiled tubing patent memorandum in 1959, Jim proved the feasibility of coiled tubing well interventions with the concept of “managed fatigue.”  He has several patents in coiled tubing technology.

During his career with Humble Oil & Refining Company, he played a key role in the development of many other offshore drilling, completion and workover techniques.  Since 1970 Rike has worked as a consultant training thousands of professionals throughout the world via seminars and short courses.  He has authored many technical papers, obtained 14 patents, served or chaired many technical committees and sessions, received countless awards and has been an international ambassador of upstream oil and gas technology to the world.