Setup for Transaction Level Dimension Default

A new form has been designed for the user, to define the initialization process.

Go to Project management and accounting > Setup > projects360 Setup > Dimension default rule.

Details of the fields and buttons on the form are as follows:

Field Description
Posting type Select a posting type, based on the selection of the posting type the dimension name is displayed. The posting type is the type of transaction such as hour, expenses etc. When the Dimension rules are setup for hours, then same is applicable for:
1.    Timesheet lines.
2.    Hour journals
3.    Hour forecasts
4.    Beginning balance journal lines of type Hour
5.    Vendor invoices of type Hour
6.    Adjustments of type Hour
Borrowing legal entity User need to define borrowing legal entity to default dimension value for the intercompany transaction if lending legal entity does not have same account structure setup.
Relation Table/Group/All relation specifying which type of filtering to be considered for the line.
Project Relation The project group or project number to which the relation rule applies.
Dimension name View the dimensions (e.g. cost center or expenses) that are being used by the transactions defined for the posting type. Each dimension needs to have a separate line for availing this feature.
Primary Source In this field the user needs to define where the dimensions should default (e.g. worker or Project).
Alternate source If the primary source does not exist for the record, or if the specified dimension value is blank, then the alternate source will be used.
Fixed value If either the primary or alternate source is Fixed, then the value entered in this field will be used as the default dimension value.

Added the posting types to match Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations transaction types for ease of setup. Below are the posting types included under the different transaction types.

  1. Hours
  • Timesheet lines
  • Hour journals
  • Hour forecasts
  • Beginning balance journal lines of type Hour
  • Vendor invoices of type Hour
  • Adjustments of type Hour
  1. Expenses
  • Expense report lines
  • Expense (GL) journals
  • Expense forecasts
  • Beginning balance journal lines of type Expense
  • Vendor invoices of type Expense
  • Adjustments of type Expense
  1. Items
  • Item journals
  • Item requirements (Project sales order lines)
  • Item forecasts
  • Beginning balance journal lines of type Item
  • Vendor invoices of type Item
  • Adjustments of type Item
  1. Fees
  • Fee journals
  • Invoice fee entries
  • Beginning balance journal lines of type Fee
  • Adjustments of type Fee

Activity and category are also included as dimension sources, apart from Project, worker, customer, vendor and fixed, for the transaction types.

Setup for Dimension Defaulting on Setup Forms

There are a few setup forms for which the dimensions defaulting can be setup in the dimension setup form:


  • Project Creation.
    Project and contract are included as dimension sources for the project posting types.

Project Contract

  • Project Contract creation
    Project type of sources included as dimension sources for the project contract posting types.

Sub Projects

  • Sub Project creation
    Project, contract and Parent are included as dimension sources for the Sub project posting types.

Payroll Allocation

  • Timesheet
  • Vendor invoices
  • Hour journal
  • Adjustments of type Hour
    Project, Worker, Activity and category are included as dimension sources for the Payroll allocation posting types.

In a scenario when there is hour and payroll allocation document types in Dimension Default Rules and both are supporting transactions of timesheet, hour, vendor invoice and adjustment types for hours. The Dimension Default Rules defined for Hour is what will be seen in the document. Payroll Dimension Default Rules ones will be behind the scenes rules – Standard Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations picks up worker dimensions during a timesheet posting.

Setup for Custom Dimension Defaulting

There are some dimension values which are legal entity specific such as Project dimension and such dimension values are not populated on Intercompany transactions as they are entity backed.

The only work around to the situation to track such dimensions is to create them as Custom dimensions. However, to add a custom dimension is to add the dimension value manually when the master record is added. For example, if the custom dimension is projects, then every time a new project is created then the same has to be updated in the dimension value table.

To make the manual creation of custom dimension value automatic this new feature has been added.

Go to Project management and accounting > Setup > projects360 parameters > Transactions > Dimension Inheritance.

Select the Project Dimension which is set up as a Custom dimension.

Upon selecting the custom project dimension, the project value will be populated as and when a project is created into the dimension value table for the selected custom dimension.


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