Planyard Project Budget Overview

In this article you'll find a full overview of information as well as functionality featured in the project budget overview.


The project budget overview can be described as the heart of Planyard. Here, you will find a comprehensive overview of the live project budget, with plenty of information displayed for each line-item. Below, you will receive an introduction to the information displayed, as well as the functionality that can be found in this section of Planyard. 

Table of contents

  1. Column information
  2. Visual options
  3. Export
  4. Reorder line-items
  5. Historic data
  6. Add line-item
    1. Add single line-item
    2. Add client variation/change order
    3. Import file

Column information

In table you will find a short description of all columns available for the project budget

Row Name Description
Line-item Line-item cost code and name
Net estimated cost  The net estimated cost for a a line item or category. Value presented is excluding taxes and mark-up 
Target budget  Internal targeted budget, this might differ from the initial net estimated cost
Revised budget The latest estimate of a line-item cost. This column is revised through out the project and is usually added by project manager. 
Committed cost Visualises all costs currently in subcontracts, purchase orders and stand alone cost documents. Committed costs are visualised independently if the the cost is yet to be paid or already paid. 
Approved costs  Visualises all approved cost for the line-item (approved invoices, approved receipts). Note that payments may not have been done, but they are approved. 
Budget Variance  Visualises the difference between the targeted budget and the current revised budget. Indicates whether the cost of a line-item is within the target or not. 
Budget submitted to client Shows the cost for the client, taxes and variations (change orders) are excluded.  
Committed income  Here you will find already committed income which is based on details from client contract + approved income
Approved sales invoices Manually documented sales invoices where the invoice has been sent to the client. 
Committed change orders Total value of variations (change orders) for subcontracts and purchase orders 
In subcontracts Visualises the amount of costs in subcontracts, including variations (change orders)
In progress reports  Costs approved in subcontractor progress reports (valuations)
Remaining budget Displays the current available budget for each line item, calculated as the Revised Budget minus Committed Costs.


Visual options

There are several options available in terms of visualizing the budget information:

  1. Toggle categories: Located in the top left corner, this button allows you to collapse or expand all categories in the budget.
  2. Go to row: Use the search function to visualise specific line items directly.
  3. Visible Columns: Customise the columns you want to see by checking or unchecking the boxes.
  4. Details: Toggle to display additional information such as estimated quantity and percentage of the line item budget used.


At any time, you can export the budget contents to a different format. The export button is located in the top right corner. The export will be based on the information you are currently visualizing in the budget. Refer to the VISUAL OPTIONS section on how to adjust the displayed information.

When you click export, you can then select the format for the report: PDF, XLSX, or Cost Lines XLSX. With the Cost Lines option, you'll be able to select export based on a specific time frame.

Reorder Line Items

You can change the order of the line items at any time. At the end of the Project Total row and the main categories row, you'll see a box containing three dots. If you click the three dots on the Project Total line, you can change the order of the main categories in the budget. Similarly, if you click the same button on a main category, you can reorder the line items underneath that main category.

Historic data

If you hover over the name of a line item, a small stacked chart will appear next to it. Click the stacked chart to view historical cost data for the line item. This data is based on the costs associated with other projects within your company's account connected to the line item.

Add line item

In the top right corner, you'll find the 'Add line-item' button. You can use this button to add a new line item at any time, either one by one or by importing a new xlsx file with updated information. Additionally, from this button, you also have the option to create client variations/change orders.

Add a single line item

  1. Click the 'Add line-item' button and select 'Add custom'.
  2. Enter a cost code and a line item name.
  3. Choose whether to place the new line item under another category or as a standalone item at the bottom of the list.
  4. Select the unit and click 'Create'.

Once the line item has been created, you can add information by hovering over a cell and clicking the pencil icon that appears. For example, you can add details such as the target budget, budget submitted to the client, etc.

Add client variation/change order

  1. Click the 'Add line-item' button and select 'Add Client variation'.
  2. Enter a cost code and a line item name.
  3. Provide information regarding the agreed sales price.
  4. Provide information regarding internal targeted costs.
  5. Click 'Add variation/change order'.

The change order is now added to the budget and can be used like any other line item in the budget.

Import file 

You can import additional line items at any time by using the budget template spreadsheet and uploading it to your active project. All imported information will be placed at the bottom of your budget. Click HERE for more information on the budget template spreadsheet. To upload new items via the template:

  1. Click the 'Add line-item' button and select 'Import file'.
  2. Drag the file to the designated box or click 'Browse files' and select your budget template.
  3. Click 'Import'.

You will find all cost headings and items contained in the template at the bottom of your budget.