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HowTo: Add Document Descriptions to a Reference Report

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In this post, I am going to step through the process of adding addition columns to a reference file report generated using the Get-PWReferenceReportForDocuments. By default, this report does not include the document / file descriptions. I recently had a request to add this information to the report. This is one approach which does not require any changes made to the PWPS_DAB module. And the concept can be used to manipulate other datatables when generating reports.

We will be using the following cmdlets to accomplish this task. All of the ProjectWise related cmdlets are available using the PWPS_DAB module. At the time of this post, I am using version Take a look at the help for each of the cmdlets to become familiar with their functionality, available parameters, etc.

  • Get-PWDocumentsBySearch
  • Get-PWReferenceReportForDocuments
  • New-XLSXWorkbook
  • Import-PWDocuments
  • Get-Item


First thing we need to do is create our parameter and value pairs. The comments will explain the purpose for each parameter. I am also going to include a few requires statements to ensure the correct version of PowerShell and the PWPS_DAB module are used. As well as require that the Run As Administrator option is used to run the PowerShell Console or PowerShell ISE. 

#Requires -Version 5.0
#Requires -Modules @{ModuleName="PWPS_DAB";ModuleVersion=''}
#Requires -RunAsAdministrator

# ProjectWise Rich Project / Work Area / Folder to generate a reference report for.
[string] $pwFolderPath = 'BSI900 - Adelaide Tower',
# ProjectWise folder to import document into.
[string] $pwFolder_Import = 'PowerShell\Reports',
# Local folder to create report in.
[string] $Path = 'd:\TEMP\Export',
# Report path and name.
[string] $OutputFilePath = "$Path\$($pwFolderPath)_ReferenceReport_$(Get-Date -Format yyyyMMdd).xlsx",
# Name for datatable. Will correspond to worksheet created in Excel.
[string] $DataTableName = 'ReferenceReport'

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