How to Find Projectwise Working directory on Local Drive

Hi All,

Can someone please tell me the most efficient way of locating/finding the exact folder destination projectwise caches  checked out drawings on the local drive

Any suggestion/s is welcomed


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  • Marty/Dan

    My CAD services is currently trying to troubleshoot an Error 342 on my account and they have been requesting files from various projectwise folders as a troubleshooting approach.

    Dan how do i access this folder using the Local Document Organiser. i have tried it but the OPEN FOLDER tool is greyed out under the action menu

    i look forward to hearing from you

    Thank you

  • For a situation like that I would just export the files to the desktop and send them over. Going into your pw working directory is not an approach we really recommend as the system is not aware of anything that happens there. Plus with the export you will get all of the references attached.

  • In ProjectWise, select Tools > Options and on the Settings tab, expand the Working Directory leaf and the When Using ProjectWise Explorer leaf. This will show your local file root folder which will contain many subfolders named for the folder ID from ProjectWise with either a d or dms as the first character(s) of the folder names, before the folder ID numbers.
    But don't tell anyone - this is top secret... SHHHHHH!

    Charles (Chuck) Rheault
    CADD Manager

    MDOT State Highway Administration

    • MicroStation user since IGDS, InRoads user since TDP.
    • AutoCAD, Land Desktop and Civil 3D, off and on since 1996

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  • Just to be clear, the approach that Chuck has mentioned, only shows you your current working directory.

    For most users, this never changes, and most ProjectWise Administrators lock the setting so that users can't change it, but technically, you could change it and anything you have copied out or checked out stays in the working directory that it was in. Those files are not moved or copied to the changed working directory.

    So, again, use the Local Document Organizer if you want to be sure where ProjectWise has put any particular file that has been copied out, checked out or exported. And of course, ProjectWise does not keep track of files that you "export" using the "send to folder" feature, so those won't be in the Local Document Organizer dialog.

    The column with the full path to your files is named "File Name", but also note near the top that there are filters, and that you file might be on a different "node" (machine) if you happen to use more than one machine with ProjectWise.