Taouss Abdelali
Taouss Abdelali
Last update: Feb 15, 2024
Taouss Abdelali
Last update: Feb 15, 2024
Arabic, English, French
Highest Degree:
22 years
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Togo
Environment & NRM, Urban Development, Mapping & Cadastre, Information & Communication Technology, Agriculture
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Abdelali Taouss is a seasoned Senior Expert in Geospatial Technology and Innovation with over 22 years of experience in the field. Currently serving as the Director of GEOSPHERE sarl, Abdelali has a diverse educational background that includes a PhD in Environmental Engineering/Geomatics, an MBA specialized in Strategy and Digital Transformation, and several other degrees and certifications. He is an expert in spatial data acquisition techniques, including topography, space geodesy, photogrammetry, and drone technology.

His proficiency extends to spatial data management where he excels in geographic database modeling, DBMS administration, data analysis, and data migration. Abdelali is highly skilled in mapping and visualization of geographic data, Geographic Information System (GIS) design, and remote sensing. His portfolio also includes specialized expertise in urban planning, digital transformation, and land administration.

Abdelali is not only technically proficient but also an adept project manager certified in various project management frameworks. He is a member of the National Order of Engineers Topographic Surveyor in Morocco and serves as a judicial expert in Topographic and Land Engineering at the Rabat Court of Appeal. Multilingual and highly skilled in software development, Abdelali has consistently stayed ahead of technological advances in the geospatial industry. His leadership, innovation, and extensive skill set make him a sought-after expert in the field.


Main qualifications:

·          Spatial data acquisition technique:

-  Topography : Use of state-of-the-art equipment such as robotic total stations and high-precision satellite positioning systems (GNSS) to accurately collect and measure geospatial data.

-  Space Geodesy : Mastery of advanced geodesy techniques, including the use of GNSS station arrays, observation adjustment methods, and crustal deformation modeling.

-  Photogrammetry : Experience using advanced photogrammetry software, such as Structure from Motion (SfM) and Multi-View Stereo (MVS), to generate 3D models and orthophotographs from high-resolution aerial images.

-  Drone : Mission planning and use of drones equipped with advanced sensors such as multispectral cameras, lidars and thermal sensors to collect geospatial data quickly, accurately and efficiently.

-  Lasergrammetry : Mastery of terrestrial and airborne laser scanners, including fast scanning scanners (TLS) and onboard LiDAR systems, to capture high-resolution point clouds and perform detailed digital terrain models.

·          Spatial Data Management:

-  Modeling  of geographic databases: Mastery of modeling tools such as Merise and UML to design and model optimized geographic databases, taking into account spatial specificities.

-  Database Management System (DBMS): Administration, implementation, management and manipulation of all DBMS on the market, including their spatial components (e.g. Oracle Spatial, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, SQL Server Spatial, MySql Spatial).

-  Data analysis:  Using advanced geospatial analysis tools (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, R, Python) to extract valuable insights from geospatial data and perform in-depth analysis.

-  Data migration: Experience in migrating geospatial data between different platforms, using modern data migration and integration tools (e.g. FME, GeoKettle).

-  Data Quality Management: Implementation of geospatial data quality control processes using specialized tools (e.g. ArcGIS Data Reviewer, FME Data Inspector) to validate, cleanse, and standardize data.

-  Metadata Management: The use of modern metadata management standards and technologies (e.g..ISO 19115, Esri ArcCatalog) to document and organize metadata in geospatial datasets.

·          Mapping and visualization of geographic data:

-  Thematic mapping: Creation of thematic maps to visually represent complex geospatial information, using advanced mapping software.

-  Cartographic  symbolization: Mastery of symbolization techniques to effectively represent geographic features, including the use of custom symbols and cartographic styles.

-  Census  mapping: Establishment of methodologies for census mapping, providing an accurate geographical representation of demographic and socio-economic data.

-  Health mapping: Using health data to create maps that illustrate health indicators, epidemics, medical facilities, etc.

·          Geographic Information System (GIS):

-  Feasibility study : Assessment of needs and constraints to determine the feasibility of a GIS project. Analysis of available data, resources needed and objectives to be achieved.

-  GIS design : Design and structuring of a geographic information system adapted to the specific needs of an organization or project. Identify data layers, spatial relationships, and required functionality.

-  GIS development : Practical implementation of geographic information systems using GIS software such as ArcGIS, QGIS or MapInfo. Configuring databases, creating geodatabases, and developing custom functionality.

-  Drafting of specifications : Preparation of documents describing the technical and functional specifications of a GIS project. Definition of objectives, requirements and constraints, as well as implementation steps and deadlines.

-  GIS training  : Provision of training to introduce users to geographic information system concepts and tools. Preparation and presentation of training materials, support for users in learning GIS functionalities.

-  Application: very good mastery of application use cases in the fields of Geo-resources and environment, Agriculture, impact study, geology, mining resources, socio-economy, health, distribution networks, etc.

·          Webmaping and Web Mapping:

-  Creating map servers  : Using free and commercial map servers such as GeoServer, ArcGIS Server, or MapServer to publish maps online and set up map services (WMS, WMTS, WFS, WCS, WPS)

-  Web mapping application development : Using development libraries and APIs such as Leaflet, OpenLayers, or ArcGIS API for JavaScript to create interactive and custom web mapping applications.

-  Performance optimization : Implement optimization techniques to ensure fast load times and a smooth user experience when viewing maps online, using techniques such as tile caching, data compression, and resource management.

-  Web mapping: The use of open source and commercial map servers to publish maps online and develop interactive web mapping applications.

·          Remote sensing and Satellite Image Processing:

-  High and medium resolution image processing: Application of preprocessing techniques, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, to improve the quality and accuracy of satellite images. This includes radiometric correction, atmospheric correction and geometric correction.

-  Image classification for geospatial information extraction: The use of machine learning algorithms, such as SVMs, neural networks, and random forests, to perform automatic classification of satellite images.

-  Analysis and interpretation of images by artificial intelligence: Detection of objects in images, Multi-temporal analysis to follow changes in the environment.

·          Urban Planning and Spatial Planning:

-  Territorial analysis and modelling: The use of spatial analysis techniques to evaluate and model urban characteristics and dynamics. This includes accessibility analysis, transportation modelling, environmental impact assessment, etc.

-  Urban and territorial planning:  Design and development of urban plans, master plans and territorial development plans. Knowledge of urban regulations and standards, as well as sustainable development principles.

-  Urban Project Management: Coordination and management of urban development projects, ensuring planning, coordination of stakeholders, monitoring of deadlines and budgets, and coordination of technical studies.

-  Territorial Data Analysis: The collection, analysis and interpretation of urban data for urban planning decision-making. Use of tools such as GIS, urban databases and data visualization techniques.

-  BIM (Building Information Modeling ): Use of building information modeling methods and tools for the design, coordination and management of urban development projects. Mastery of BIM software such as Revit, ArchiCAD or BIM360.

-  CIM (City Information Modeling): The use of urban information modeling technologies for planning, managing, and visualizing geospatial and city-related information. Knowledge of CIM software such as CityEngine, InfraWorks or Esri CityEngine.

·          Digital transformation:

-  Digital Transformation Project Management: Design, planning and implementation of projects to integrate digital solutions into existing processes and operations. Use of methodologies such as Agile or Scrum to ensure efficient project delivery.

-  Dematerialization  of procedures: Design and implementation of solutions for the dematerialization of procedures and documents. Reduced paper-based processes and adoption of digital tools for more efficient management and collaboration.

-  Change management: Development and implementation of change management strategies to support teams in the adoption of new technologies and digital processes. Awareness, training and management of resistance to change to ensure a smooth transition.

-  Technology Adoption: Identification and evaluation of technology solutions suitable for digital transformation, such as project management tools, collaboration platforms, content management systems, etc.

-  Business Process Analysis: In-depth analysis of existing business processes to identify opportunities for improvement and automation. Use process analysis and modeling techniques to optimize workflows and improve operational efficiency.

-  Training  and awareness: Provision of training and awareness sessions to support employees in the adoption of new technologies and changes related to digital transformation. Promotion of a culture of innovation and the use of digital tools.

·          Land administration and cadastre

-  Legal and technical mastery: In-depth expertise in land tenure regimes and statuses, as well as legal and regulatory procedures related to land administration and cadastre.

-  Land and cadastral procedures: Expert management of legal and technical procedures related to ordinary and comprehensive land registration, ensuring their proper conduct and compliance.

-  Land  data management: Mastery of cadastral data management and maintenance techniques, guaranteeing their quality, integrity and accessibility.

-  Cadastre Modernization: Implementation of innovative strategies and solutions to modernize cadastral operations, optimize processes and improve efficiency.

-  Mastery of cadastre typologies: Expertise in all cadastre typologies, including the legal cadastre, the  tax cadastre, the general cadastre, the economic cadastre and the mining cadastre. In-depth understanding of the specificities and requirements related to each typology.

-  Mining cadastre: Mastery of the procedures and standards specific to the mining cadastre, managing mining rights and titles, as well as the collection and management of data related to mineral resources.

-  Land governance and  LGAF: Competence in land governance, including particular expertise under the Local Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF). In-depth knowledge of land governance principles, land governance assessment through the LGAF and implementation of land reforms based on evaluation results.