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Pole is a great helper for any student who is learning Structural Analysis. The program can analyze statically determined and undetermined plain rod structures for different types of loading: force, temperature and kinematical loads. It allows you to create a structure with several clicks of a mouse and then generate different reports and diagrams. Pole is an excellent tool for learning Structural Mechanics. For many years it has been used by dozens of universities in Russia and the former USSR. The analysis is based on implementation of method of displacements developed in Petrozavodsk State University by professor Yury Goldshtein. Pole has very easy-to-use user interface which allows to virtually "draw" and analyze the structure in a couple of minutes.