National Women in Engineering Day Focus: Ewa Bielinska

NWED - 23 JunePolish-born Ewa Bielińska is a Quality & Process Flow Manager at Miko Pac, one of Studor’s manufacturers. She is based at their Bydgoszcz facility in Poland. Ewa’s interest in engineering started from Food Technology. Since graduating from the Polish University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn she has acquired 14 years of engineering experience, 10 of which have been as a Manager.

Ewa lives her life by the motto “make today amazing”, and applies this to all aspects of her life – both professionally and privately.

What’s the most notable project you’ve ever been involved with?

The implementation of certified systems at Miko Pac has been very challenging, but equally very rewarding. I was instrumental in the implementation of the ISO 9001 quality management system at our Polish plant in 2004 and am responsible for ensuring our continued compliance and overseeing the regular third-party audits.

In 2008 I was heavily involved with attaining BRC-IoP “high risk” accreditation for our Polish plant and in 2015 for our Indonesian plant. As the majority of our manufacturing is food packaging, and we have a high attention to quality, this was a natural progression for us – the BRC is the first standard in the world to be recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) benchmarking committee and is very highly regarded world-wide. The accreditation granted to our Indonesian plant was the second such accreditation ever to be awarded to an Indonesian facility and I’m very proud to have been involved with this! 

What specific skills or attributes do you feel that women bring to engineering?

I feel that women have the skill of taking a more global view and being able to link together many different aspects of a project to draw them together. 

Women constitute a small percentage of engineers versus men. What advice or thoughts can you give to women thinking of studying or training to become engineers?

Engineering is the power of development; it is very nice to be a part of that world. 

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

I really enjoy having the opportunity to do some sports and love spending quality time with my daughter.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever done?

Oh, it is so hard to choose one from so many! 😉

 

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National Women in Engineering Day Focus: Nicole Jean

NWED - 23 JuneDr Nicole Jean is a Public Health Design EngineeNicole Jeanr at Mace. Of Saint Lucian origin, she completed her BEng in Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, returning a year later to commence her PhD in Construction, and is now based in London.

When Nicole graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 2009 she went to work as a graduate electrical engineer. In 2015 she re-entered the industry in this same discipline and in November (of that year), once her PhD was completed, she moved over to public health engineering. This move was fuelled by her research, and her passion for designing safe internal environments.

National Women in Engineering Day 2016 is of special importance this year to Nicole, as it is her Doctoral Graduation Day. We’re sure that you will join us in offering congratulations to her today!

What got you interested in engineering?

My early academic loves were technical drawing and mathematics. These subjects led me to complete an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology, where I discovered building services. It was then that the tug-of-war between architecture and engineering began. The open day visit to Heriot-Watt University in February 2005 introduced me to the science behind creating built environments. It became clear after this visit that engineering was winning. Still not convinced though that my need for design and creativity would be fed, I told myself “it’s just for now”. Today, eleven years later, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Where did you study?

I completed my BEng in Architectural Engineering from Heriot-Watt University. This degree covered acoustics, lighting, sustainable building design and environmental modelling, along with mechanical, electrical and public health design. My undergraduate dissertation provided the introduction to public health research, and when the opportunity arose, I returned to Heriot-Watt University to commence my PhD in Construction.

What’s the most notable project you’ve ever been involved with?

My two most notable projects are Blue Coral in St. Lucia, and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, England.

Blue Coral, a 1960s building, was my first commercial and renovation project. I went from reading about its Caribbean competition prize-winning, to working in both the Design Consultant’s and Building Services Engineer’s offices over three summers.

Designing and solving problems lies at the heart of my attraction to this industry, and Blue Coral provided me my first glimpse of a multi-disciplinary creative process. I sat as the engineer in the architecture studio and was driven with grand ideas for this building. Though I’m left with thoughts of what could have and should have been, I like to think that the exposure to such a passionate design environment, influences my work to this day.

The Mary Rose Museum is one of my most notable due to its historic significance. The high standard demanded of this project by the client and members of the team provided a fantastic learning opportunity. I am proud to have been briefly involved.

What’s the tallest building you’ve been involved with?

My tallest would be a multi-storey housing project in London, where the tallest structure was 8 or 9 storeys.

Have you been involved in any projects where the Studor System has been installed?

Unfortunately I worked as an Electrical Engineer on this housing project. It would have, however, been a great opportunity to use the P.A.P.A. in the PH design!

What specific skills or attributes do you feel that women bring to engineering?

I believe women bring to engineering the uniqueness and skill which we individually possess. It’s difficult to say one attribute which all women possess, but increased gender balance may allow for innovation, as well as facilitate better ways of managing, communicating, working and collaborating with other members of a multi-disciplinary team. All of which are advantageous elements for delivering a successful project. 

Women constitute a small percentage of engineers versus men. What advice or thoughts can you give to women thinking of studying or training to become engineers?

My advice to women who are thinking of studying or training to become engineers is to work hard and believe that you are good enough. Take the opportunities which are given to you and read subjects outside your specialty. Ensure that you have a breadth and depth of knowledge.  Do not be intimidated by the room full of men which you will walk into regularly. We are all people and they are, more often than not, happy to see you. Become the best engineer that you can be, and ensure that your work speaks for itself.

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

I enjoy photography, crafts, reading and exercising either through the gym, or socially by playing squash. I also travel a couple times a year to the Caribbean. This year I’ve visited St. Lucia, Trinidad and Barbados. If I can find the time, I’d love to join a steel pan orchestra and rediscover my love for double tenor.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever done?

I thoroughly enjoy a good laugh and, with very light-hearted effort, I have discovered that I am not averse to creating the situation for it. A very close friend regularly says “only you Nicole”, and one of my nicknames as a child was given to me simply because I was the most mischievous. All I will say is this – in my younger days, I maybe too often – fully embraced the dare…

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National Women in Engineering Day Focus: Iris Jiang

NWED - 23 JuneIris Jiang is a graduate  engineer from Ghent University Iris Jiangin Belgium. She graduated in 2015 as an applied bio-science engineer and later this year she starts studying for a further Master’s degree in Environmental Sanitation, which covers the following main areas:

  • sources and causes of environmental pollution;
  • the methodologies for the detection and analysis of environmental pollution;
  • environmental toxicology and risk assessment, both in the eco-toxicological and human toxicological field;
  • the prevention and sanitation of environmental pollution;
  • the treatment and management of waste.

Born in Belgium, Iris is very much looking forward to her first overseas internship with Studor’s distributor for Thailand – Eco-Bay Ltd – which she starts next month, and will provide practical experience to build on the knowledge she’s developed through her study. She is multi-lingual, fluent in Simplified Chinese, Dutch and English and is learning French and Spanish.

What specific skills or attributes do you feel that women bring to engineering?

I don’t think women in general have skills or attributes which differ from men, but it all depends on the person.

Women constitute a small percentage of engineers versus men. What advice or thoughts can you give to women thinking of studying or training to become engineers?

As a fresh graduate, I felt women and men were treated equally in the classrooms of my university. Although I’m aware an inequality exists when entering the ‘real world’, I truly believe women don’t need to settle for less when being ambitious and open minded.

If you’ve found your passion and it happens to be engineering, and you also happen to be a girl, be proud of it and go for this rough but rewarding degree!

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

Traveling, meeting people and sharing stories, hanging out with friends and pace down to read a book.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever done?

I can’t really remember what fun is in these desperate times of thesis writing 😉

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National Women in Engineering Day Focus: Lina Abolail

NWED - 23 JuneJordanian Lina Abolail studied at the Mu’tah University in Jordan and is now based in Dubai, working as a Business Development Manager for Polypipe Middle East. She loves that her job involves a significant amount of working outside in the gulf area. She balances her challenging career with her family life as a mother of 2 children and an active social life.

What got you interested in engineering?

Most of my family studied civil engineering and it was a natural decision for me to follow in the family footsteps – particularly as it was our dream to have our our own branded company in the future. Being an engineer makes me feel good and confident.

What’s the most notable project you’ve ever been involved with?

The Jewel of the Creek development – 9 towers at the creek with beautiful landscaping and design.  I was involved to win this project as a luxurious reference.

What’s the tallest building you’ve been involved with?

Marina Gate Towers – 50+ storeys.

Have you been involved in any projects where the Studor System has been installed?

Yes – the Marina Gate Towers project. In order to maximise the sellable living space, the shafts are particularly small. Also, even some of the structural details of the project don’t allow the contractor to install a traditional drainage system. The Studor System was a natural choice to address these issues and also provide a reliable drainage ventilation system designed specifically for high rise projects. 

What specific skills or attributes do you feel that women bring to engineering?

Women are focused, determined, and creative. They have better skills in leadership and more ability to give the right instruction and guide others to the right way. Being a woman and engineer means you are up to the challenge and ready to deliver the job despite the physical obstacles and different traditions.

Women constitute a small percentage of engineers versus men. What advice or thoughts can you give to women thinking of studying or training to become engineers?

Engineering builds the dreams of others. I believe that women in engineering make sure that it is done in the right way. Don’t let your gender stop you – follow your dreams and know that you can be a success. 

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

Swimming, socializing with people and spending time with my family.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever done?

At a team building activity we built a boat from ropes and barrels and were supposed to set sail. There were 4 of us on board. One colleague fell into the water and I just panicked, started screaming, also fell down in the water (which turned out to be freezing) and started pulling my colleagues down with me. It was then that I noticed that the trainer was heartily laughing – we were so near the beach and in such shallow water that there was no risk of drowning!

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National Women in Engineering Day Focus: Lisa Cavanaugh

NWED - 23 JuneLisa Cavanaugh is a Senior Process Engineer at Dymotek, one of Studor’s manufacturers, located in Connecticut, USA. She graduated Cum Laude in 1987 from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts (now known as UMass Lowell) with a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering and a minor in Chemistry.

Lisa loved maths and the sciences all her life. It was in high school that she came to the realisation that she had to go into a technical field to not only learn more, but also to utilise the knowledge she was continuing to gain. As much as she enjoyed biology and physics, chemistry was her real passion!

What’s the most notable project you’ve ever been involved with?

The one that comes to mind is being an active member of the Quick Mold Change team at an employer I stayed with for 11 years. Our mold changes took several hours and the goal given to us by the president of our company was 15 minutes. Over time we actually got down to 5 minutes. We actually had a lot of fun working on the goal, we viewed it as a challenge but knew we could do it. We researched many different ways to possibly do mold changes, we decided which ones to try out to see what worked for us, and after trying them we worked on perfecting them. The team was cross-functional and had technicians and operators in it too, not just engineers. The whole experience was really rewarding and helped our company in that we opened up production capacity on our current molding machines, rather than having to spend more money on buying new machines – it just made us more efficient. It was a great team effort.

Are you a member of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES)?

No I am not, but I need to look into the Society of Women Engineers here in the States. I am currently a Professional Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers – I became a Student Member as a sophomore in college in 1984.

What specific skills or attributes do you feel that women bring to engineering?

I feel that we bring attention to detail, patience, and a different way of looking at things.

Women constitute a small percentage of engineers versus men. What advice or thoughts can you give to women thinking of studying or training to become engineers?

Be open minded about working with different types of people who have different views, opinions and experiences. You can learn a lot from them. Be a team player. Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. You will have to work hard but the rewards are great. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else, I am very fulfilled in my career, more than I ever dreamed possible.

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

The majority of my personal time is spent with my child. I also love to read, listen to music, and spend time outdoors walking, hiking, biking or gardening.

 

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National Women in Engineering Day: Thursday 23 June 2016

NWED - 23 JuneNational Women in Engineering Day (#NWED2016) was established by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2014 to celebrate their 95th anniversary. Taking place annually on 23 June, it has now developed into “an International awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.” This year NWED has even been given UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) patronage!

This year’s sub-theme is #RaisingProfiles and, together with a range of industry partners, the WES is backing an initiative of The Telegraph to find the Top 50 Women in Engineering. “This initiative aims to boost female uptake of engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector.” The list will be published by The Telegraph on #NWED2016 itself and in the meanwhile they continue to publish a whole range of inspirational articles:

www.telegraph.co.uk/business/women-in-engineering/

Studor recognises the contributions that engineers of any gender have to offer the industry. However, it is a documented fact that women constitute a small percentage of engineers versus men. In support of #NWED2016 and #RaisingProfiles of female engineers, each day this week we will be publishing a short interview with a variety of international female engineers, so please visit our blog each day!

Lisa Cavanaugh

Lisa Cavanaugh
Senior Process Engineer

Lina Abolail - Business Development Manager

Lina Abolail
Business Development Manager

Iris Jiang  Graduate Engineer

Iris Jiang
Graduate Engineer

Nicole Jean Public Health Design Engineer

Nicole Jean
Public Health Design Engineer

Ewa Bielińska - Quality & Process Flow Manager

Ewa Bielińska
Quality & Process Flow Manager


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More information on NWED and WES can be found on the respective websites.

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The Studor Airflow Calculator

Drainage Design Calculations
for Designers, Architects and Engineers

The Studor Airflow Calculator is a step-by-step formula based on the European standard EN12056-2. It assists with the calculation of airflow and wastewater flow per second when considering the design of a building’s drainage system. It is an essential formula when considering high rise and multi-storey drainage systems because it gives you an understanding of how your system is likely to perform.

By simply entering the system type which is preferable to your drainage requirement, along with frequency factors and appliances quantities, this useful tool will give you a calculation based on EN12056-2:2000 – Gravity Drainage System inside buildings. This standard is useful in helping you understand the performance of your system whatever the building height. However, it is even more critical when it comes to drainage system design for buildings over 10 floors, especially in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia, as it is firmly based on flow rate, i.e. litres per second.

What does the Airflow Calculator do?

A calculation table is used to work out the airflow rate requirement on branch and on stack pipes. Together with Air Admittance Valves (AAVs), the calculation is used to determine the diameter requirement of pipe sizes depending on their calculated loading capacity. The calculator encompasses variables such as continuous flow rate, discharge units, water flow rate and focuses of the usage volume for a given drainage system.

The Airflow Calculator tool was develMichael Changoped as an Excel spreadsheet in 2008 by Michael Chang from Studor’s Technical and Product Development department. It was later made available to the drainage design engineers who also face the same day-to-day calculation challenges when designing a building’s drainage system, before being launched as a web-based tool in 2013. The most recent development has been its launch in May 2016 as an iOS App – download it from the Apple Store here. An Android version will be available later in 2016.

When do we use the Airflow Calculator?

We use the spreadsheet formula specifically when designing any high rise or low rise building and their associated drainage system design.

What are the benefits?

As building drainage system designs are becoming more complex, the Airflow Calculator was created to simplify and reduce work load, as a number of calculations are the same and just repeat with a different number of fixtures and factors. It simplifies the calculation and makes the whole process easy to understand for designers, architect and engineers while using the results as reference points.

How to use the Airflow Calculator

Please click here to read the simple step instructions to use the Airflow Calculator.

Need more assistance? Then please speak to a member of our technical team

For further assistance or information regarding the Studor Airflow Calculator or any other drainage matters, please feel free to get in touch with a member of our technical team at technical@studor.net.

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How to Use the Airflow Calculator

InstructionsAirflow Calculator

The following set of instructions outline how to use the Studor web-based and Airflow Calculator Apps. The input fields are highlighted in pink for the web-based version and are white in the App.

  1. Select the system tab: either System I or II
    1. System I (50%): For single discharge stack system with partly filled branch discharge pipes. Designed with a filling degree of 0.5 (50%) with a single stack.
    2. System II (70%): For single discharge stack system with partly filled branch discharge pipes. Designed with a filling degree of 0.7 (70%) with a single stack.
  1. Select frequency factor of the drainage system
    1. 5 – intermittent use, e.g. in dwelling, guesthouse, office
    2. 7 – frequent use, e.g. in hospital, school, restaurant, hotel
    3. 0 – congested use, e.g. in toilets and/or showers open to public
    4. 2 – special use, e.g. laboratory

Note: For high rise buildings we tend to always use the 0.7 factor as an added safety factor and to cover mixed usage of the building. 

  1. Enter number of fixtures on a typical branch
    1. Enter the total number of each type of appliance, leaving as 0 (zero) if there are none.
    2. To calculate the number of Discharge Units (DU) on the App press “Calculate” or on the web-based Calculator press Enter or Tab.
    3. On the App the branch airflow requirement is the same as Qtot.
    4. On the web-based Calculator enter the continuous flow rate (Qc) and pumped water flow rate (Qp) if necessary (this facility is not available on the App). The branch airflow requirement will be updated accordingly.

Note: Qtot = total water flow rate requirement for the branch, and should be less than the hydraulic capacity (Qmax) detailed in Table 7 of EN12056-2 (see below). This is the minimum branch pipe size for the given total water flow rate.

  1. Enter stack levels
    1. Enter the number of floors of typical branches connected to the stack. The stack airflow requirement will be updated accordingly.

Note: Qww = total water flow rate requirement for the stack, and should be less than the hydraulic capacity (Qmax) detailed in Table 12 of EN12056-2 (see below). This is the minimum stack pipe size for the given total water flow rate.

  1. Email results
    1. To email the calculation results to yourself, which includes the total number of recommended Studor AAVs, click “Email” (App) or “Email results” (web-based version).

Additional Information

The Studor Airflow Calculator is based on European Standard EN 23056-2 – Gravity drainage systems inside buildings.

Sanitary appliances are connected to small bore branch discharge pipes. The small bore branch discharge pipes are designed with a filling degree of 0.7 (70%) and are connected to a single stack.

Control of pressure in the discharge stack is achieved by used of separate ventilating stacks and/or secondary branch ventilating pipes in connection with stack vent. Alternatively, Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) may be used.

Control of pressure in the discharge branch is achieved by ventilation of the discharge branch. Alternatively, AAVs may be used.

Waste water flowrate

The total waste water flowrate is the expected flowrate of waste water in a part or in the whole drainage system where only domestic sanitary appliances are connected to the system. This is calculated as the frequency factor (K) x the square root of the sum of the discharge units.Airflow Calculator Frequency FactorsDischarge Units (DUs) of a variety of sanitary appliances are given values for the purpose of calculation, and are not related to discharge rates of sanitary appliances quoted in the standard.

Total flowrate

Total flowrate is the design flowrate in a part of in the whole of the drainage system where sanitary appliances, appliances with continuous flow and/or waste pumps are connected to the system.

Continuous flows and pump discharge rates shall be added to the waste water flowrate without any reduction.

The total flowrate is calculated by adding together the waste water flowrate, the continuous flowrate and the pumped water flowrate.

Calculation rules

The pipe capacity (see below) shall be at least the larger of:

a) the calculated waste water flowrate or total flowrate; or
b) the flowrate of the appliance with the largest discharge unit.


Airflow Calculator EN12056-2 Table 7
Airflow Calculator EN12056-2 Table 12

Need more assistance? Then please speak to a member of our technical team

For further assistance or information regarding the Studor Airflow Calculator or any other drainage matters, please feel free to get in touch with a member of our technical team at technical@studor.net.

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The Drop Dead Foundation – saving millions of litres of water!

Over a number of years, Steve White (Studor Technical Director) halogo-WPC-13s regularly attended the World Plumbing Council (WPC)’s triennial World Plumbing Conference. In November 2013 the 10th WPC conference was held in New Delhi, India, featuring environment, health and hygiene as the three main topics covered over three technical sessions – focussing “attention on plumbing as an integral part of the construction business, directly affecting the health of a nation”.

Over 550 delegates from across the world were present, including representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, UAE, UK (including Scotland) and the USA.

Of particular interest to Steve was the second Technical Session:

He particularly enjoyed listening to the presentation by Mr Aabid Surti from the Drop Dead Foundation (DDF) about the importance of saving water, and having the opportunity to meet with him personally. What particularly struck him was that Aabid had started out as just an ordinary person (and not as an industry professional or academic) who wanted to make a difference to save one of the world’s finite resources in a very down-to-earth, cost-effective and practical way – and this is exactly what he has been doing since he launched the DDF in 2007.
Aabid, who was born on 5 May 1935, established the DDF in 2007 after a leaking tap at a friend’s house bothered him so much and made him realise the amount of water that could be saved if such problems could be fixed. Ever since, he has been a dedicated hands-on key member of the DDF team, repairing minor plumbing problems (such as leaking taps) for free, and saving millions of litres of water from going down the drain.

                                                     

Aabid has many “feathers to his bow” – not only is he an environmental activist, but he is an award-winning author, a screenwriter and playwright, an accomplished artist (also having attained a Diploma in Arts in 1960), and long-standing cartoonist – he was the illustrator of the first Indian comic book super hero “Bahadur”.

As the world market leader in our industry, we feel that it is important to be aware of the wider issues which affect our industry, particularly with regard to the world’s resources. With this in mind, this year in recognition of WPD 2016 we supported an initiative of the DDF to create awareness of their work in local community centres across India with the message “Save Water. Save India!”.

On 22 March, World Water Day, DDF announced the launch of their “One Drop Cinema” Competition. Open to resident Indians, it “is a one-minute-film competition to encourage people to create a viral video around the theme of water conservation”. The competition will be judged by actress and social activist Juhi Chawla, writer and director Amole Gupte (Stanley Ka Dabba) and writer and director Subhash Kapoor (Jolly LLB).

We look forward to seeing the results of the competition!

For more information on DDF and Aabid Surti: There are several press links on the DDF website, but a Google search on “Aabid Surti” and “Drop  Dead Foundation” also results in numerous articles about him/the foundation. Aabid was recently interviewed by the BBC as part of their Unsung Indians series, which profiles people who are working to improve the lives of others. Following Aabid’s award early this month of the Lifetime Achievement Award at Bangalore Comic Con 2015, a dedicated website for comic enthusiasts has also published an interview with him, providing further insight into this multi-talented individual.

To keep up-to-date with the work of DDF, please visit their website or “Like” their Facebook page.

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World Plumbing Day 2016

march 11, every year… everywhere

Plumbing – Vital to Global Health
Because Every Day is World Plumbing Day

Today is World Plumbing Day (WPD), which was established in 2010 by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) “to provide anyone or any organisation involved in the global plumbing industry with an opportunity to promote the important role played by the industry.” This annual day of recognition is held on March 11, every year… everywhere!

There are four key elements with which plumbing is associated – water, health, energy and environment. Here are some facts and practical suggestions from the WPC on how you personally can make a positive impact:

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This year, in recognition of WPD 2016, Studor has made a donDrop Dead Foundationation to the Drop Dead Foundation to support their valuable work in India of repairing minor plumbing problems, such as leaking taps, for free.

The foundation was established in 2007 by the writer and artist Aabid Surti. A leaking tap at a friend’s house had bothered him so much, and made him realise the amount of water that could be saved if such problems could be fixed. Aabid remains very hands-on and is a key member of the Drop Dead team which hits the road every Sunday, fixing plumbing leaks in Mumbai.

The Drop Dead team is featured below (from left to right): The Founder and Chairman: Aabid Surti, Co-ordinator: Tejal Shah, Plumber: Riyaz Ahmed

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