Complex Geometry

Pointwise Webinar to Demo Mastering Complex Geometries with T-Rex

FORT WORTH, TX (29 March 2012) – Pointwise, Inc. will host a webinar – Unstructured Viscous Boundary Layer Meshing: T-Rex – at 11 a.m. CDT on 4 April, the second in a three-part series, Introducing the Latest Meshing Productivity Enhancements in Pointwise. The free series is offered in conjunction with the release of the latest version of Pointwise's mesh generation software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Dr. Chris Sideroff and Travis Carrigan will host the webinar, with Carolyn Dear answering questions.

This webinar will demonstrate T-Rex, Pointwise's anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion method, a robust and highly automated technique for creating unstructured boundary layer meshes on complex geometries.

“T-Rex is an important technique because of the complex geometries encountered in modern analyses,” said Dr. Sideroff. “Creating boundary layer resolved meshes can be tedious and error prone, often leaving the engineer with less than satisfactory meshes. T-Rex is important to every engineer who ever wished the process could be faster, easier and accurate at the same time.”

This webinar will demonstrate how to

  • Use T-Rex to handle difficult regions, such as corners, gaps and high curvature and transitions
  • Construct baffles for localized spacing control and wake resolution
  • Reduce time spent setting up complex meshes using the top–down T-Rex approach
  • Speed up diagnostics through improved visualization and reporting techniques
  • Convert boundary layer tetrahedra into triangular prisms

For more information and to register for the webinar, go to To watch the previous webinar in the series – Getting Started With Pointwise – check Pointwise's YouTube page ( or go to Videos will be uploaded shortly after broadcast.

Enhancements to the new version of Pointwise include the ability to read native CAD files from ACIS, Catia V4/V5, Pro/E, NX, Solidworks, Parasolid and STEP. Other features to be discussed in the webinar include Solid Meshing that reduces time spent on geometry cleanup, plus layering that organizes geometry and grid for easy access, even with extremely complex models.

The webinars will be fast-paced with plenty of time for questions. The final webinar in the series – What's New in Pointwise – will be at 11 a.m. on 11 April.

Dr. Sideroff joined Pointwise in September 2007 after working as a petroleum engineer for the NATCO Group, a CAD engineer for ARV Development, and a computer technician for Harddata Ltd. Dr. Sideroff earned both a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta in 2000 and 2003. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University in 2009.

Mr. Carrigan joined Pointwise as a technical sales engineer after completing his M.S. in aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2011. He interned at Pointwise beginning May 2008, producing demonstration and application videos and working in technical support, doing grid projects and quality assurance testing. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering in 2009 from UTA.

Ms. Dear, manager of the Support and Consulting Team at Pointwise, has more than 10 years experience in mesh generation for a range of application areas, with a specialty in unstructured viscous mesh generation. Before joining Pointwise, she was a member of the NSF Engineering Research Center's Computational Simulation and Design Center at Mississippi State University, where she earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today – mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX and OpenFOAM® as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has scripting languages that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution.

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For more information:
Jan Batts
Pointwise, Inc.