The 2008 Summer Olympics and the booming Chinese economy have created a frantic pace of construction in China. That provided a perfect laboratory for 18 Brigham Young University civil engineering students earlier this month to study megastructures — super-tall skyscrapers, extra-long bridges and giant arenas.

The group visited Olympic facilities and other megastructures throughout the country to supplement their classroom studies on major construction projects. In Beijing, they saw the Beijing National Stadium — nicknamed the "Bird's Nest" for its unique architecture — where the opening ceremonies will be held in August. They also visited the Beijing National Aquatics Center, which resembles a giant water cube.

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