The technique was in use by the early 20th century for building silos and grain elevators.
Vertical slipform relies on the quick-setting properties of concrete requiring a balance between early strength gain and workability. Concrete needs to be workable enough to be placed to the formwork and strong enough to develop early strength so that the form can slip upwards without any disturbance to the freshly placed concrete.
A notable use of the method was the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario, which was completed in 1965. The technique was soon utilized to build the Inco Superstack in Sudbury, Ontario and the CN Tower in Toronto. It is the most common method for construction of tall buildings in Australia.