On all the projects that I have worked, much of the detail design took place on email. (International projects.) This meant that information is hard to find, or gets completely lost when somebody leaves.
To overcome that problem, I developed this Knowledge Acquisition Tool in Coda. I have also posted it, with some detailed explanations at the below destination: (The details also explains where it fits into a major project system, it does not replace existing project deliverables, but it collects centrally the information necessary to fill those deliverables.)
Feedback and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
As always, feel free to copy and share. But be quick, because as as soon as I find how to charge for this, I am going to…