You use feature templates to efficiently create recurrent arrangements of features. A template comprises geometry, attributes, labels and internal connectivity. Also, you can define templates for different types of equipment that vary in their attribute values (reference records).
You define a template by selecting existing features in a drawing, for example prototype features. After having created the template, you can delete the prototype features. Templates are defined in a local coordinate system. When you instantiate a template in the map, you digitize the origin and specify an orientation.