PM Global Infrastructure, Inc.
 

PETER COOK, Senior Technical Advisor

Mr. Cook specializes in innovative, state-of-the-art systems development for infrastructure performance analysis and management.† Over the last 30 years, he has managed a range of international and domestic projects in related fields. His areas of expertise include:

  • Infrastructure performance measurement (water, transportation, energy, etc.);

  • Infrastructure demand, network/systems analysis and economic modeling;

  • Information system and GIS implementation analysis, design and implementation;

  • Cost-benefit analysis;

  • Decision support systems design and implementation; and

  • Project management.

His background in engineering, planning, systems analysis and information systems development combined with his project management and team leadership skills has helped guide several large and complex projects to successful completion. He has also contributed to the research on performance measurement for public service provision and trained national-level teams for the analysis of infrastructure projects in developing countries.

EDUCATION

Mr. Cook holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. In addition he was a Fellow in the Special Program in Urban and Regional Science at MIT and conducted a graduate-level course at MIT (jointly between the Civil Engineering and Urban Studies and Planning Departments) in 1987-88.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

While working for major international engineering/economics/planning firms, information technology firms and the World Bank, Mr. Cook has carried out projects and programs ranging from feasibility studies to regional and national infrastructure planning studies, to systems analysis and performance measurement systems, policy analysis and economic sector analyses. He has worked in both public and private sectors in fifty-two countries around the world, including Europe, Asia, North and South America and Africa.

For PM Global Mr. Cook has managed and participated in two large decision-support projects in the infrastructure field in the Philippines and India. These projects have developed innovative information systems and databases for measuring performance and looking at the cost-benefit analysis and GIS-based user-friendly interfaces. In addition, he was Senior Technical Advisor on a Regional Transport Corridor Study in South Asia, which evaluated alternative corridors for trade facilitation and poverty reduction.

Mr. Cook's broad experience in designing and implementing complex performance assessment and decision support systems is illustrated in the examples below:

METROPOLITAN MANILA PUBLIC PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT PROJECT. Mr. Cook was project manager of a team that was organized to design and implement a system to measure the performance of the privatized water companies under the MWSS Regulatory office. In addition to developing a state-of-the-art performance system, database and GIS-based data viewer, the project designed and tested a public participation program and benchmarking system. This was a combined research and implementation project funded by the World Bank. Mr. Cook also managed an important technology transfer component jointly with the University of Philippines National Engineering Center.

INDIA RAILWAYS LONG-RANGE DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM PROJECT. As project manager of a team composed of several companies and consultants, Mr. Cook helped to design and implement the first decision-support system implemented by Indian Railways, which combined modeling of the rail system on two levels, cost-benefit analysis, performance measurement and capacity planning. This has given the IR the ability to plan for cost-effective investments that respond to future demands on the railway system. This resulted in a state-of-the-art, GIS-based system linked to a series of analysis models that have increased the ability of the Railway Board to carry out their functions and to present major conclusions in convincing form to other government bodies. Mr. Cook also developed a similar system for China Railways.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. Working for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans),† Mr. Cook was project manager of a team responsible for developing the first comprehensive Intermodal Transportation Management System (ITMS) that will meet the performance measurement requirements of Federal legislation. The team was entirely responsible for the ITMSís GIS framework and interface, as well as much of its innovative intermodal planning and performance measurement functionality.

Mr. Cook has also carried out a number of small, medium and large projects in the international sphere. These included national transportation studies, regional transportation corridor studies, river basin development and environmental analysis, information systems design and implementation projects. Between 1988 and 1992, Mr. Cook worked for the World Bank as a long-term consultant and participated in research projects on the evaluation of performance measurement for infrastructure services, as well as project appraisal teams in China, India and Southern Africa.

A detailed CV is available upon request from PM Global.

 

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