- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 26 Feb 2019
What does in situ mean?
In situ (also referred to as insitu or in-situ) is a Latin phrase that is commonly used in the construction industry to mean ‘on site’, ‘in place’ or ‘in position’. It refers to work which is carried out on the construction site itself, often in the finished position, as opposed to in an off-site location as with prefabrication or pre-assembly techniques.
The most common use of the term 'in situ' is in relation to concrete, with components such as a slabs, beams and piles being described as ‘cast in situ’ to distinguish them from precast concrete components, that are manufactured off site.
Generally, in situ construction techniques tend to be more labour- and time-intensive, however, they are more flexible in response to changes that may arise on site. Prefabricated components, in contrast, must be designed in detail in advance, with limited scope for changes once they have been manufactured.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
RSHP celebrates competition win in Paris.
All about approved inspectors.
Whilst apparently confusing, German conservation is actually not that different.
The rise and fall of council housing. Book review.
Drivers of change in global heating markets.
11 interesting facts about the use and nature of the material.
Will politicians ultimately fail to tackle Britain's structural challenges?
How self-certification can save time and money.
CIBSE updates Fire Safety Engineering guidance.
EA finds England's water companies are simply unacceptable.