With the Open Environment command, you can load the environment settings of any Pointwise project (.pw) file while excluding database and grid entities from said file. Note that the files involved must have been created in your current or older Pointwise version. The following data are included in the Pointwise environment:

  • Model Size, Node, Connector, and Grid Point tolerances
  • All settings defined in the Defaults panel
  • The layers description and their associated layer numbers
  • The current view, saved views, view type (perspective or orthonormal), light source type and position, and the Show Type settings.
  • The saved examine cuts and rules
  • The grid type (structured or unstructured) and the T-Rex boundary conditions
  • The current solver name, dimension, and attributes; the boundary and volume conditions, and the Mirror Plane Settings

The behavior of the Open Environment command is identical to that of the Open command with the following exceptions:

  • The Open Environment command loads only the environment of a Pointwise project file.
  • Database and grid entities contained in the file are not loaded.
  • If you use the Append option after selecting the Open Environment command, be aware that the current CAE solver name, dimension, and attributes; and the Mirror Plane settings will be preserved. On the other hand, the following settings may or may not be overwritten by the new Pointwise environment:
    • All the parameters defined in the Defaults panel will be overwritten.
    • The Connector, Node, and Grid Point tolerances will be overwritten.
    • The Model Size tolerance will be overwritten only if no grid or database entities exist in the current project file. Otherwise, this tolerance will be preserved.
    • The user views, and other display settings will be overwritten.
    • The saved cuts will be overwritten.
  • If the new Pointwise environment contains a CAE boundary condition, a CAE volume condition, or a T-Rex boundary condition with a name that already exists in the current project file, a "-digit" will be appended to the conflicting name before opening the new environment. Remember that each boundary and volume condition must have a unique name.
  • If examine Rules exist in the current and new project files, you will be prompted to decide whether you wish to keep, append, or replace the existing Rules (see image below).
File, Open Environment (Rule Resolution)
Pointwise will prompt you about keeping, replacing, or appending to your existing Rules before opening a new environment.


Saving the Pointwise Environment


  1. From the Pointwise File menu, select Open Environment.
  2. The File Browser window will appear, prompting you to select the appropriate Pointwise file.
  3. If a Pointwise project file is currently opened, select whether you would like to Replace, or Append to it.
  4. If the environment file contains rules that may conflict with existent rules, select whether you would like to Keep, Replace, or Append to the current rules.