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We have many different clients and the common deliverable request has been pdf's...so we now have a policy in house that pdf's are the "master" that everything else feeds in to and that document is what we track over all other file types. We use paste as reference to keep up with what the pdf contains. Some clients have the parts list in a separate native file from the drawing (but retains the same doc number) so this was an easy way to combine everything in to one document while defining the relationships of what makes up the deliverable. So whether the native file is a doc, xls, dwg, sld***...there is a pdf of that file.
We have also implemented a change order process that uses pdf's as the parent and link the documents to those requests similarly to the way we do the document pdf to the native files.
When the links are created it clears up many issues we seemed to run into on what version of the native file the pdf is tied to. Obviously, this only works if you version the file instead of renaming with the current rev at the end as is the custom in our industry.