This paper outlines research being undertaken in the Civil Engineering Department at Leeds University, England, using a new, low-cost analytical photogrammetric plotter. The project, which is funded by the UK Science and Engineering Research Council ,involves the use of an MPS-2 desktop analytical plotting system, manufactured by Adam Technology of Australia, to produce architectural drawings and to monitor crack propagation in structures. Details are given of the working system which consists of metric and non-metric cameras, a personal computer, an interface to AutoCAD software and a rolling drum plotter. The areas of application being investigated are illustrated by studies of buildings and structures in the civil engineering laboratory of the University and around the Leeds area. The problems encountered are summarised and an assessment of the system is made. The paper concludes with a discussion of the progress of the research project and reviews the work still to be undertaken.