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Create a Configurable PDF of an Owner Progress Claim

Objective

To create a customised PDF for an owner progress claim using the configurable PDF options. 

Background

When working with an owner progress claim in Procore, the Detail tab and the Configurable PDF tab of the progress claim show its line items. The Configurable PDF tab lets you customise the way line items display on an owner progress claim.  With the features in this tab,  you can group and summarise your progress claim's data the way you want before presenting it to the owner you are billing. 

In a Configurable PDF, a group is an object that organises progress claim line items together. In Procore,  default groups are available in a Configurable PDF are Sub Job (if enabled), Division,  Cost Code and Cost Type.  You can also create custom groups that contain custom items to then apply those custom items to your PDF. 

Examples
  • How to Organize a Configurable PDF Using a Default Group
    Let's assume your team created different sub jobs on a Procore project to represent different project phases (see Add a Sub Job to a Procore Project). In this example,  you want to create a configurable PDF that groups the line items on the owner invoice into the appropriate project phase. Assuming you have created sub-jobs names 'Phase 1', 'Phase 2', and 'Phase 3',  you can choose 'Sub Job',   from the 'Add Group' drop-down list.  You can then place all of the line items that have been classified as 'Phase 1', 'Phase 2', and 'Phase 3' into separate groups. 
  • How to Organize a PDF Using a Custom Group
    Let's assume your team uses its own system of customized billing codes. You can create a new group for the configurable PDF named 'Billing Group 1" to house your codes. Then you can create new items in the group to represent your bill codes. For example,  'Bill Code A', 'Bill Code B', 'Bill Code C', and so on. Once your group and codes are created, you can then apply the group to the configurable PDF and then assign your custom bill codes to the individual line items on the invoice. 

Things to Consider

  • Required User Permissions:
    • 'Admin' level permissions on the project's Prime Contracts tool.
    • To view a configurable PDF on a head contract,  'Read Only' permission on the Head Contracts tool 
  • Additional Information:

Prerequisites

Demo

This animated image shows you how to add a new group and add items to a group. It also shows you how to associate the individual line items on an owner progress claim with the items in a group so you can organise the data in your configurable PDF to display the way you want.  

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Steps

  1. Manage Custom Groups
  2. Assign the Progress Claim's Line Items to an Item in a Group

Manage Custom Groups

These steps show you how to navigate to the Manage Custom Groups window. 

  1. Navigate to the project's Head Contracts tool.
  2. Locate the head contract associated with the owner progress claim containing the configurable PDF. Then click View.
  3. Click the Progress Claims tab. 
  4. Locate the progress claim that you want to customise in the list. Then click View
  5. Click the Configurable PDF tab.
  6. Open the Add Filter drop-down list. 
  7. Click Manage Custom Groups.
  8. In the Manage Custom Groups window, continue with:

Add a New Group to the Add Group Menu

These steps show you how to create a custom group so it appears as an option in the 'Add Group' drop-down list in the Configurable PDF tab.

  1. In the Manage Custom Groups window, click Add Group.
    manage-custom-groups-add-group.png
  2. Type a label for the group in the Enter Group Name label box. Then press ENTER. Add as many groups as you want.
    name-group.png
     Note
    • After you press ENTER,  the system automatically saves the group name and adds it as a selection in the Add Group drop-down list on the Configurable PDF tab.
    • To delete a group, click the (x) next to the group name to permanently remove it and any items associated with the selected group.
  3. Continue with Add Items to a Group.

Add Items to a Group

These steps show you how to add bill codes to a custom group. 

  1. In the Add Custom Groups window, locate the group that you want to add billing codes to.
  2. Click Add Item.
  3. In the Enter Item Name box, type a label for the code. Then press ENTER. 
    add-items-to-group.png
     Note
    • Add as many items as you want to each group. 
  4. Click the close (X) box.
  5. Continue with Assign the Progress Claim's Line Items to an Item in a Group.

Assign the Progress Claim's Line Items to an Item in a Group

After you have created the groups and items that you want to use for your progress claim, you can start organizing your line items so they appear as you want. 

  1. Click the Configurable PDF tab.
  2. Place a checkmark next to the progress claim line items that you want to assign to a custom item. 
    Note: This action changes the label on the 'Add Group' drop-down list to 'Edit.'
  3. In the Edit drop-down list, select the group that contains the custom items that you want to assign to your progress claim's line items. 
    assign-custom-items-to-line-items.png
  4. Click Save.
 Tip
  • Any progress claim line items not assigned to a custom item in a group will appear in a section titled 'Unspecified [Billing Group Name]'.  There is no option to remove that naming convention.
  • If you do not want the 'Unspecified [Billing Group Name]' to appear on your progress claim, it is recommend that you add an item named 'None' or 'Other' (or a term of your choice) to your group. Then assign your progress claim's line items to that item in the group. 

 

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