Ian Eilenberg completed the Bachelor of Building degree at Melbourne University in 1970, and worked in the building industry, using his engineering skills, until engineering registration cam e into force. He completed a Master of Building at University of Melbourne in Occupational Health and Safety. He completed his doctorate in 1999 on the psychology of building disputants.
Ian Eilenberg worked for Frank Jeffrey (F.T. Jeffrey Pty. Ltd.) in the late 1960’s until the early 1970’s involved in project scheduling, sub-contract negotiation and contract administration, and was the then in-house engineer for temporary structural work – formwork and scaffolding. Moving into project supervision. Spent a lot of time negotiating in the Arbitration Commission with the unions over bans, site demands etc.
He also spent time as the Occupational Health and Safety maters.
He worked for a s short time with A.J. Galvin after they bought the management rights to F.T. Jeffrey, as s project Manager.
Projects work included domestic as well as the commercial arena, ranging from house extensions through to major residential projects and on to major industrial and commercial projects involving a wide range of construction techniques, from simple timber construction, through steel frames, concrete frames, and all manner of roof and wall cladding systems, low rise to high rise construction, including hospitals, banks and schools.
In 1975, Ian joined with two other ex-F.T. Jeffrey employees and formed Triad Constructions and became a major commercial contractor. During this time he undertook project supervision, moving into the Chief estimator and management roles. He left that company in 1985 and went out on his own, chiefly in consultancy work.
From 1986 – 1989 Ian lectured in technology to all four years to the building engineering students at the then Footscray Institute of Technology – now Victorian University of Technology.
He started teaching part time at RMIT in 1987 in temporary structures – formwork and scaffolding. In 1989 joined RMIT full time and taught a full range of technology and estimating to the Construction Management students. This progressed though a range of associated subjects – OH&S, intro to management, QA, and dispute resolution and negotiation.
He is now a full time building consultant/arbitrator/mediator.
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building - (F.A.I.B.)
Past President of the Victorian Chapter Committee, 1995-1997
Federal Councillor 1989 - 2004. Member of the National Executive 1996 - 1999
Chairman of the Education & Training Board 1993 – 2005
Chair - Environmental Committee 1997 – 1999
Member of other professional bodies related to the construction industry including:
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – UK
Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators. & Mediators Australia
Deputy Chair – Victorian Chapter 2000- 2002
Elected member of the National Council – 2000 – 2001
Member of the Australian Society of Cost Engineers (I.E.Aust)
Member, and past Vice-President, of the Australian Society of Building Consultants (MASBC)
Past Member of the Council Of Management - Master Builders Association Vic. - 1984, 85 & 86
Member of SPIDR - Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution - USA
Past Member of DART - Construction Industry Dispute Avoidance & Resolution Task Force
Councillor and Past Chairman of the Victorian Chapter of the Building Science Forum.
Member of a number of Standard Australia committees during 1980’s and 1990’s – Access for the Handicapped, Adaptable Housing, Termites, Piping etc.
BD/69 – Accuracy in Building Construction
Past International Co-ordinator for Working Commission W063 - Affordable Housing, for the Council of International Building Research (CIB) Past Member of the Working Commission W103 - Alternative Dispute Resolution Council of International Building Research (CIB) (and it predecessor, TG 15) since 1993