The history of slipforming can be traced back to the 1920s and before. In the late 1920s, a number of concrete structures were cast using a system of formwork that was moving during the placing of concrete. At that time, forms were being raised by hand-screw jacks and job-built wooden yokes. Laborers would pull ropes that would raise the forms. Early application of slipform was limited to storage bins and silos with a constant thickness all over the wall height.
Since the late 1950s, slipform construction has come a long way; locomotion is accomplished by jacks climbing on smooth steel rods or pipes anchored at the base of the structure and the system has been employed successfully and economically in situations which have required discontinuity of section. As a result, the list of recent application expanded to include towers cores, bridge piers, power plant cooling, chimney shafts, pylons, and the legs of oil rig platforms.