|Albert-Jan Boonstra and Ton Engbersen
| Twice a year, representatives of the Dome team come together to share knowledge and discuss progress on a face-to-face basis. This year's first meeting was held March 25-27th at ASTRON. Present were 32 colleagues from ASTRON, IBM Netherlands at ASTRON, IBM ZRL and SKA South Africa.
At this meeting, an overview was presented of the current status of the SKA project and of the SKA Preliminary Design Reviews. After these presentations, each workstream reported on their progress, relevance to SKA, and plans for going forward. Overall, we could conclude significant and important progress in all areas. This is also witnessed by the impressive number of 42 publications in 2014 and 14 publications in the pipeline. In addition, each workstream reported on planned publications.
On the SKA front, just after the re-baselining, we can report on significant impact on several areas of the SKA program. This includes design work for the SDP consortium in which ASTRON-DOME leads two central work-packages, and the RFoF work which is currently being tested in Australia. In addition,
At the end of the second meeting day, the team also met with companies and a knowledge institute interested in the Dome R&D, and potentially interested in joining the Dome Users Platform. All in all, this was an excellent meeting which showed great progress and a truly collaborative atmosphere.