conceptual model

1. n. [Reservoir Characterization]
A hypothetical model characterizing strata, generally strata deposited in one or a related set of environments. Conceptual models usually incorporate rules about possible geometries and successions of facies that can be included in a geological scenario. These often provide limitations to the interpretation of a given reservoir. Conceptual models commonly incorporate sequence stratigraphic concepts such as facies tracts, unconformities, flooding surfaces, erosional surfaces and parasequences. Conceptual models are often used in conjunction with geostatistical and classical technologies for reservoir characterization.