Ender Parra, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dr. Ender Parra has over 25 years of experience in geotechnical and geomechanics engineering. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), Caracas, Venezuela in 1980. In 1990, he obtained a Magister Degree in Civil Engineering (Hons.) from the Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB), Caracas, Venezuela and a Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), NY, USA in 1996.
The bulk of Dr. Parra´s experience relates to geotechnical and geomechanics evaluation/design of transportation and industrial infrastructure including oil and gas facilities. His work has been mainly focus in the areas of dynamic ground characterization, earthquake and foundation engineering, soil-structure interaction and numerical modeling of soil or rock and fluid flow coupled systems. He has led evaluations of liquefaction and lateral spread including soil structure interaction and ground improvement for large infrastructure Design-Build projects and offshore facilities. He has been also involved in the design and remedial treatment of storage facilities, analysis and design of foundation solutions for water flooded areas and seismic retrofitting and monitoring of dykes as front-shore protection systems for subsided areas. Dr. Parra has participated in the evaluation and developing of guidelines for seismic regions in USA (NEHRP) and Venezuela and has extensive experience in geotechnical design following local and international codes such as BCBC, NBCC, CAN-CSA-S6, AASHTO, ASCE-7, ISO, IBC, Eurocode-7, API).Dr. Parra has participated and published over 18 technical papers related to soil dynamics and foundation engineering.
Dr. Parra has built also a valuable experience in project and business management obtained during his career at the Venezuelan Oil and Gas Industry (PDVSA). He attended the Executive Development Program at Wharton School of Business - University of Pennsylvania (2002).
Dr. Parra is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC), American Society of Civil Engineers, Colegio de Ingenieros de Venezuela and Vancouver Geotechnical Society